Army Cannot Declare Nnamdi Kanu Wanted - Buratai
Nnamdi Kanu is the self-acclaimed leader of IPOB. No one knows where he is.
He has not been declared a wanted man and the army is saying it is not its duty to do so.
There were reports that he was being hunted after the clash claim several lives and left property destroyed in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State.
But the statement of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, seems there is nothing like a man hunt after all.
He says only the Federal Government has the jurisdiction to declare the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, wanted.
Lieutenant General Buratai made the statement on Monday after the opening of the Third Quarter Nigerian Army Conference in Abuja.
“The Federal Government will take the final decision on that,” he told reporters.
He had at the event appraised the performance of the Nigerian Army in peace operations.
There is one currently ongoing in the South East Region tagged Egwu Eke II and it is aimed at ensuring that kidnapping, robbery and secession agitations are halted.
The military may have taken that decision without following Constitutional guidelines, but Buratai says it is not the military that will decide whether Kanu will be declared wanted.
“There are guidelines provided in the Anti-Terrorism Act; So, I’m sure the relevant government agencies and authorities will take steps whether to arrest or to take any other action (against Kanu)," he said.
Nnamdi Kanu is still facing trial for allegations leveled against him in relation to his role in the agitation for the independence of the South East and secession.
There are also reports that Buhari has signed a presidential proclamation to formally proscribe IPOB.
It was also gathered that the Federal Government was also approaching the court to get a nod to nail IPOB over the group’s alleged involvement in terrorist activities.
According to a national newspaper, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation confirmed the presidential declaration.