Since the news broke out that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been arrested, there have been conflicting report on how he was nabbed by the security agents.
Kanu, who holds Nigerian and British Passports had been declared wanted by the Federal Government since 2017 after he jumped bail following the invasion of his country home in Abia State by soldiers.
While a source claimed that Kanu was apprehended by the International Criminal Police while seeking foreign support for the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra, another source disclosed that Kanu was arrested while leaving Israel for an unknown country but this could not be independently verified.
The source stated, “The request for the arrest of Kanu was made to the INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon, France, about two months ago. Kanu could not be arrested at his London base because he is a British citizen and repatriating him to Nigeria may be challenging and the process cumbersome.
“So, the security agencies waited patiently for him to leave the British soil before moving against him; he was arrested while on transit. There was evidence of his meetings with foreign governments to solicit support for Biafra.”
Another source corroborated that Kanu was nabbed while on transit but said he could not confirm the exact location.
“The Nigerian government used conventional diplomatic means to facilitate the arrest of Kanu through the INTERPOL. There are also suggestions that our intelligence agencies played a role in the arrest and extradition process. It was confirmed that Kanu was picked up while on transit but the location cannot be immediately confirmed,” the source volunteered.
As part of strategies to arrest the separatist group leader, the President was said to have met with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, in May during a summit on the financing of African post-COVID economies convened by the French government, where he sought Macron and Interpol’s support for the arrest of Kanu.
There are Indications that the IPOB leader was arrested in a South American country after he was trucked by a Nigerian Lady working undercover with Nigerian security agencies.
A source who did not give details of what Nnamdi Kanu was doing with the lady in the South American country, confirmed that Nnamdi Kanu left his London abode where as a British citizen, he has rights and flew to the South American country, thereby falling prey to security operatives.
According to the source, when Kanu arrived at the popular South American country, the undercover agent ushered him to a hotel which unknown to him was already secured by intelligence operatives. https://servedbyadbutler.com/adserve/;ID=162803;size=300×250;setID=151330;type=iframe;sw=1366;sh=768;spr=1;kw=;pid=3742697;place=0;rnd=3742697;click=CLICK_MACRO_PLACEHOLDER There, the IPOB leader was subsequently tranquilized with a suspected high dose of drugs that knocked him off before he was moved into a vehicle and driven to the airport. He was subsequently flown to Nigeria in a private jet which was already on standby for the onward journey to Nigeria.
The planning and execution of the arrest and the movement of Kanu to Nigeria was said to be ‘an Ultra-Secret Intelligence Mission’ which many diplomatic and other officials, even in government were not privy to.
The source added that the successful arrest of Nnamdi Kanu by the coordinated efforts of Nigerian Security Agencies led by the National Intelligence Agency and Interpol and his Movement to Nigeria, was the reason President Muhammadu Buhari’s scheduled trip to London for medical check up was postponed.