The Defence Intelligence Agency has issued an arrest warrant for Kunle Olawunmi, a former Nigerian Navy Commodore, for revealing in an interview how President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration refused to investigate high-profile politicians named by Boko Haram terrorists as sponsors.
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Nigeria’s primary military intelligence agency is the Defence Intelligence Agency.
“The agency has issued a warrant for retired Navy Commodore Kunle Olawunmi for leaking information about Boko Haram sponsors in the Buhari administration. They asked him to come to the DIA office in Abuja on Tuesday with his international passport,” a top source said.
Last Wednesday, SaharaReporters reported that Olawunmi spoke when he appeared on Channels Television’s “Sunrise Daily” breakfast show.
He had condemned the attack on the Kaduna campus of Nigeria’s foremost military university, the Nigerian Defence Academy, by bloodthirsty bandits on Tuesday, in which two military officers were killed and another kidnapped.
“It is an aberration; you don’t attack the Nigerian Defence Academy and get away with it,” said the Professor of Global Security Studies. In 2017, I conducted an investigation on behalf of the Minister of Defense, who wanted me to look into what was going on with the training and security at the facility (NDA). I recall spending about a week with the commandant and the staff at the NDA, but something struck me: every Friday, the NDA gate is thrown open, allowing anyone to pray in the mosque.
“On Fridays, you’ll see the same thing happening across the country in all military formations. If you go to Defence Headquarters, where I served as the Deputy Director, Defence Administration, between 2015 and 2017, I only received visitors twice during my two years there due to the strict security architecture, but every Friday, the gate of the Defence Headquarters is thrown wide open for everyone to come in and observe Juma’at.
“This is the window of opportunity for terrorists to profile our security environment. It’s always been like this. For the past 35 years, I’ve worked in military intelligence. Our issue is religious and socio-cultural in nature.”
During the tenure of the then-Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, Olawunmi was a member of the Intelligence Brief at Defence Headquarters (retd.).
According to the intelligence expert, he told the then-CDS that the sponsor was the centre of gravity of the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging Nigeria’s north-east and spreading to other parts of the country.
“I told General Olonisakin at the time that the core of this problem could not be solved in the same way that the Niger Delta problem could. I basically solved the Niger Delta problem during (Ex-President Umaru) Yar’adua’s presidency, and I told them we couldn’t use the same template for Boko Haram.
“I told General Olonisakin to focus on the problem’s centre of gravity. In 2016-2017, I was appointed to the committee, which included the late former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.
“I told them that the sponsors of the programme are Boko Haram’s centre of gravity in Nigeria. It was beyond us because the job we needed to do was kinetic, but we couldn’t resolve the issues of Boko Haram sponsors who were known to be in Buhari’s government. That is why we were unable to pursue that aspect of the problem that could have resolved it because we needed to make arrests.
“WhyBy has the Buhari government refused to prosecute 400 people who were recently identified as Boko Haram sponsors? Why can’t this government bring them to justice if they aren’t partisan and complicit in the charade?
“You may recall that the Boko Haram crisis began in 2012, when I was serving in military intelligence. Those individuals were apprehended. Interrogation was conducted by my organisation, and the suspects mentioned names. I can’t go on the air and start naming people who are currently in government who I know the boys who were arrested mentioned. Some of them are now governors, others are senators, and still others are in Aso Rock.
“Why should a government decide to cause this kind of embarrassment and insecurity to the sense of what happened yesterday (Tuesday at the NDA)?”
Olawunmi had also said that the Department of State Services had tremendous information on terrorists but they could not do anything except by the body language of the Commander-In-Chief.
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