Presidency defends clampdown on Kanu, Igboho

The Presidency has justified the recent clampdown on the activities of Yoruba agitator Sunday Igboho and the ‘interception’ of Nnamdi Kanu.

In a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, the Presidency accused both men of instigating violence in different regions of the country.

The statement read in part, “The subversive leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a group known for its murderous actions and virulent messaging was detained as a result of cross-border cooperation.

“The violence inspired by IPOB has led to hundreds of fatalities, particularly targeted at government assets and law enforcement agents.

“In furtherance of continued diligent work, the Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday, 1ST of July, raided the residence of a militant ethnic secessionist, who has also been conducting acts of terror and disturbing the peace under the guise of protecting fellow ‘kinsmen’.

“His seditious utterances and antics, which he is known to have publicly expressed, have overtime morphed into very hateful and vile laden speeches.”

Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was intercepted from a yet to be named country where he travelled from Britain and repatriated to the country last Sunday.

Igboho came into the limelight for championing agitations for a Yoruba Nation and holding rallies across the Southwest states to press his call.

His Ibadan residence was raided by a joint security team on July 1. Two people died. Arms and ammunition, charms and other items were recovered.



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