Only FG can declare IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu wanted - Buratai
- Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai says IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu can be declared wanted by the federal government
- The chief of army staff claims only the federal government has the constitutional right to do so
- He added that the army was not under any pressure to withdraw troops from the southeast
Nigeria's Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has said that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu can be declared wanted by the federal government. The chief of army staff also denied that the army declared IPOB a terrorist organisation.
Legit.ng gathered that Buratai said only the federal government has constitutional right to declare him wanted if deemed fit.
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Buratai while stating this on Monday, September 18, after the opening of the third quarter Nigerian army conference in Abuja, also refuted claims that they are under any pressure to withdraw troops from the southeast.
The chief of army staff insisted that the military operation ongoing in the region is within the jurisdiction of the constitution.
He said: “Nigerian army is part of the political consideration in the democratic system.We are doing what the constitution has provided. So we are not under any pressure whatsoever.”
Many have called for the termination of military operation since its launch, especially after some military personnel clashed with members of IPOB.
Legit.ng had previously reported that the Nigerian army in Enugu said that the military exercise in the southeast, code-named Operation Python Dance 2 was not targeted at the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Colonel Sagir Musa, the deputy director, public relations, 82 Division, on Tuesday, September 12, said this when he briefed newsmen at the NUJ Secretariat, Umuahia, on the activities of troops deployed in Abia for the exercise.
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Musa, dismissed speculations that the military was laying siege on Kanu, saying that the exercise “is not targeted at the leader of IPOB’’ or anybody or group, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
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