- He’s not in our custody
The Nigerian Military High Command on Friday declared that it did not know the whereabouts of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, even as it clarified that he is not in its custody.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Major General John Eneche stated this, while addressing journalists at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
He said at no time did the military declare Kanu wanted.
Enenche also noted that the Nigerian Armed Forces never raided Kanu’s residence, noting that the people who were actually on ground there were the Biafran security service and Biafran National Guard.
He said, “Nobody raided Kanu’s home and I stand to be justified, not from the information I got. I was watching it live, was monitoring it live, speaking with them on the ground.
“The people that came out there that I saw are the Biafra security service and Biafra National Guard. I think I later confirmed that there was nothing to actually justify them legally to mount roadblocks. I saw the militancy; nobody told me and I saw the action there. We are still investigating”.
Enenche said the military did not proscribe IPOB and that due process was followed to proscribe the group.
The job of the military, according to Enenche, is to diagnose security issues and warn the public of consequences, which is part of the Force’s media operations.
“We did our media operations very well; otherwise that weekend would have been the longest weekend in this country and we are also very careful in choosing our words and we know the law very well”, he stated.
On Operation Python Dance 2, he said the military had enlightened people of the region, educate them and made them to be aware of what the military have been doing and it will continue to do it.
His words: “There are activities we carried out that are called winning the hearts and minds which the army is doing. Medical outreaches reaching out to the needs of those that actually need them”.
The DDI further noted that the armed forces of Nigeria is not alarmed by any presumed tension in any part of the country, saying the way the masses see the situation on ground is different from how the military sees it.