The federal government has linked on-the-run separatist agitator, Nnamdi Kanu, with 2,671 seized pump action rifles illegally imported into the country from Turkey. The Department of State Security, DSS, made the claim in a counter-affidavit filed against the Indigenous People of Biafra’s motion in a suit before a Federal High Court, Abuja. The group, in its motion, wants the court to set aside a ruling which okayed government labelling of IPOB as a terrorist organisation.
However, Ayuba Adam, a litigation officer in the Department of State Services, DSS, filed the counter-affidavit, wherein he claimed the visit of one Abdukadir Erahraman, a Turkish citizen, to Kanu, in July, was a precursor to the illegal consignment. Adam said Erahraman urged “Biafrans to rise up and fight a good fight for freedom”.
“That the Nigeria Customs Service had on four occasions this year intercepted pump action rifles totalling 2,671 illegally imported into the country. Copies of the report on arms smuggling is attached herewith and marked as Exhibit FGN 2A and 2B,” the affidavit showed.
Contrarily, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, IPOB counsel, maintained IPOB was non-violent group.
“That contrary to the erroneous deposition in paragraph 6(h) of the applicant/respondent’s counter-affidavit which is denied, the alleged pump action rifles totalling 2,671, illegally imported into the country from Turkey, was not directly traced to Nnamdi Kanu or anyone associated with him,” Ejiofor so deposed.
The trial judge, Abdu Kafarati, adjourned until January 17 for ruling.
It is confusing how the revelation that Kanu was involved in the arms importation justified the claim by the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, that three brothers, namely Ayogu Cyril, Ayogu Kelvin and Ayogu Great, owned the company-Great James Oil and Gas Ltd-that imported the arms.