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How FG Used Interpol To Extradite Kanu



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The federal government used Interpol to arrest leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, contrary to claims that it was through covert operation against international best practices.

He was arrested while in transit through the use of Advanced Passenger Information (API), which has the input of various international airlines, Immigrations, Customs, airports authorities and secret services of various countries.

A top security source that confirmed the use of Interpol to track Kanu but declined to name the country he was picked said API was being used to track Persons of Interest (PoI) as in the case of the IPOB leader.

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Ethiopia, Czech Republic, South Africa and Rwanda were all mentioned as the probable countries where Kanu was arrested but this could not be verified by this newspaper as of press time.

Kanu, who jumped bail in 2017 after he was arraigned on charges bordering on treason was reportedly brought back to Nigeria on Sunday using one of the federal government’s aircraft few days after he was nabbed after a “high profile collaboration.”

The news of his arrest took the world by surprise as it was not reported in the social and mainstream media until when the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami made it known at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

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Not even the Biafra Radio announced that its chairman was missing while some of his followers described as false, the news of his arrest.

A top security source confided that Kanu had a few days ago insinuated that Nigeria was trying to use Interpol to get at him.

It was gathered that Kanu could not be arrested in the United Kingdom because of the stringent extradition laws in the country.

An intelligence official who spoke to one of our reporters last night insisted that Nigeria latched on the various pacts it signed with many countries.

“He was not arrested using covert operation as applied during the botched attempt to bring back late Umaru Dikko in the 80s when Muhammadu Buhari was military head of state,” the source said.

“It is also not true that a woman was used to track him before he was brought back home through the back channels. Nigeria is a democracy…No woman was used because it will amount to an illegal act against a sovereign country.

“Through our legal system, the government filed a formal complaint to the Interpol. Kanu was accused of terrorism, acts of violence, incitement of people to carry arms against the Nigerian state. We also said he jumped bail and proved all these claims beyond reasonable doubt.

“This is how we succeeded in bringing him back home to face justice. There is a difference between legitimate opposition and subversion/arm struggle.

“A judicial process was set and that is why he was taken to court today (yesterday) and the judge directed that he should be remanded in DSS custody. We don’t want a situation whereby any other lawyer can jump and say they want to defend him. We want him to assemble his legal team,” he said.

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