Must Read : The Federal Government alledeged that Nnamdi Kanu Imported 2,671 Rifles To Destabilise Nigeria – Buhari

The Federal Government, on Tuesday, alleged that the proscribed
Indegeniuos People of Biafra, IPOB, were behind recent cache of arms
that were intercepted in Lagos by the Nigeria Customs Service, NSC. IPOB
cartoon FG, while justfying its decision to apply for the IPOB to be
outlawed, told the Federal High Court in Abuja that its investigations
revealed that members of the group imported arms, comprising of pump action rifles, from Turkey.

It said the deal was brokered by a Turkish national that allegedly
visited the ‘missing’ leader of the IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, shorty after
he was released from detention.
The Solicitor General of the
Federation, Mr. Dayo Akpata who represented FG, urged the Acting Chief
Judge of the high court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, to dismiss the motion
IPOB filed to quash the proscription order. It will be recalled that
Custom operatives had between January and September this year,
intercepted about four containers laden with arms. 1,100 pieces of pump
action rifles that were recovered at the Tin Can port, Apapa, Lagos, on
September 19, brought the total of such arms that were seized since
January this year, to 2, 671. Meantime, in a 23-paged counter-affidavit
it filed in opposition to IPOB’s motion dated September 21, FG, told the
court that the secessionist group “have been associated with violent
activities”.
It said: “Furthermore, the leader of the
Respondent/Applicant, one Nnamdi Kanu has been openly advocating for
armed struggle via his speeches, calling Nigeria a zoo, threatening that
Nigeria will burn if he is arrested, etc.
The intent of the Respondent/Applicant from the onset is to cause confusion and plunge the country into crisis.

“That Biafra is not a region in Nigeria and there are also no States
known as Biafran States under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria, as amended.
“That in opposition to the
depositions in paragraph 6 of the supporting affidavit, I am aware that
the Respondent/Applicant’s activities havr been targeted at causing a
violent break up of Nigeria.
“That as a confirmation of the fact
that the intentions of the Respondent/Applicant from the onset is to
cause a violent breakdown of law and order in Nigeroa, Nnamdi Kanu
openly solicted for arms to wage war against Nigeria at the World Igbo
Congress held in California, USA in 2015.
“That a Turkish
citizen, Abdulkadir Erkahraman, visited Nnamdi Kanu the leader of thr
Respondent/Applicant in Isiama Afara, Umuahia, Abia State sometimes in
July 2017, and has been canvassing support for the secessionist agenda
of the Respondent/Applicant. He also admonished ‘Biafrans to rise up and
fight a good fight for freedom’.
“That the Nigerian Customs
Service had on four occassions this yeat intercepted pump action rifles
totalling 2,671 illegally imported into the country from Turkey”.

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