Kunle Olawunmi Says, Terrorists Named Current Govs, Senators, Aso Rock Officials as Sponsors During Interrogation.
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During interrogation, Boko Haram terrorists mentioned names of current governors, senators, and Aso Rock officials as sponsors, according to a former Navy Commodore, Kunle Olawunmi, but the President General Muhammadu Buhari, has shown an unwillingness to go after the high-profile politicians for reasons best known to him.
Kunle Olawunmi ‘s appearance on Channels Television’s “Sunrise Daily” breakfast show on Wednesday.
The attack by bloodthirsty bandits on the Kaduna campus of Nigeria’s foremost military university, the Nigerian Defence Academy, where two military officers were killed and another kidnapped, he described as a “aberration.”
Kunle Olawunmi lamented, “You don’t attack the Nigerian Defence Academy and get away with it,” adding that the NDA, like other military environments in the country, carelessly opens its doors to everyone on Friday for Jumat prayer.
During the weekly Muslim prayer on Fridays, terrorists and criminals, according to Kunle Olawunmi , profile military environments.
“In 2017, I conducted an investigation for the minister of defence, who wanted me to look into what was going on with the training and security there,” he said (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’s 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 Jumat.
“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.”
Furthermore, Kunle Olawunmi, a Professor of Global Security Studies, stated that he was a member of the Intelligence Brief at Defense Headquarters under the leadership of Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, the then Chief of Defence Staff (retd.).
The intelligence expert claimed that he told the then-CDS that the sponsors were at the heart of the Boko Haram insurgency that was ravaging Nigeria’s north-east and spreading to other parts of the country.
“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 (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. We couldn’t do it because the job we needed to do was kinetic, and we couldn’t resolve issues with Boko Haram sponsors who were in Buhari’s government, as far as we knew. That is why we were unable to pursue the aspect of the problem that could have been resolved (insurgency) because we needed to arrest people.”
The Nigerian Government arrested some Bureau De Change operators who were facilitating the transfer of money to Boko Haram terrorists, according to Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.
Because the government is allegedly partisan, Kunle Olawunmi claims the government has been unable to prosecute the sponsors.
“Recently, 400 people were gathered as Boko Haram sponsors; why has the Buhari government refused to try them?” he asked. 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 they (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 choose to cause such embarrassment and insecurity in the wake of what happened yesterday (Tuesday attack on NDA)?” he wondered, adding that terrorist financiers want to turn Nigeria into a Taliban-style state.
The Department of State Services, according to Olawunmi, has “a lot of information on terrorists” but “can’t do anything except watch the Commander-in-body Chief’s language.”
He expressed hope, however, that the next Nigerian President, who will take office in 2023, will have the willpower to prosecute Boko Haram’s high-profile backers.
Obadiah Mailafia, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said in August 2020 that repentant terrorists revealed that a serving northern governor is a Boko Haram leader.
The Boko Haram terrorist group has been killing thousands of Nigerians in the North-East for over ten years. The sect had also destroyed and bombed a number of villages and churches.
The Nigerian Army and the Presidency have claimed the terrorist group has been “technically defeated” and “weakened,” but the bloodthirsty terrorist group continues to strike with audacity and savagery.
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