The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has disclosed that security and intelligence agencies had trailed the arrested leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, for over two years.
The minister, who made the disclosure on Thursday while addressing newsmen in Abuja, said Mr Kanu was living a five-star life across several countries.
According to Mr Mohammed, the IPOB leader, before his arrest, was travelling on chartered private jets, living in luxury apartments and turning out in designing clothes and shoes.
“Of course, as we all saw, he was wearing attire made by Fendi, a luxury Italian fashion brand, when he was arrested,” the minister added.
Mr Mohammed said: “We can tell you that the forensic investigation carried out so far has revealed a treasure trove of information on the proscribed IPOB leader and his collaborators.
“While the investigation continues, we assure you that none of the collaborators, irrespective of their standing in the society, will be spared.
“They will all face the full wrath of the law for their activities that challenge our nation’ssovereignty and threaten its unity. No one, no matter how highly placed, is bigger than the country.”
The minister, however, frowned at some Nigerians who began to call for a fair trial for Kanu, saying that “as if he didn’t get one before he decided to jump bail and flee”.
“However, I can assure you that the fair deal that Kanu denied many of the victims of the violence which he willfully instigated through his broadcasts and tweets will not be denied him,” he added.
While denying speculations on the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the IPOB leader, the minister said: “The re-arrest was made possible by the diligent efforts of our security and intelligence agencies, in collaboration with countries with which we have obligations.
“We continue to respect and honour the obligations.”