Following the successful arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the federal government has been intimating the public on how security and intelligence agencies trailed him for two years before his rearrest.
According to the minister for information Lai Mohammed, he said Kanu was living “a five-star life across several countries”.
“He was travelling on chartered private jets, living in luxury apartments and turning out in designing clothes and shoes,” he said at a media briefing on Thursday in Abuja.
“Of course, as we all saw, he was wearing an attire made by Fendi, a luxury Italian fashion brand, when he was arrested.”
The minister however said Kanu’s re-arrest and repatriation were made possible through the collaboration of Nigerian security and intelligence agencies.
He described the re-arrest and repatriation as “one of the most classic operations of its type in the world’’.
“What we can tell you, once again, is that 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,’’ he said.
“We will continue to respect and honour the obligations.”
Kanu, who is facing an 11-count charge of treason, treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms, among others, jumped bail in 2017 and left the country.
He was re-arraigned before a federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday and ordered to be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) while the case was adjourned till July 26.