A report from the federal government says the 2,671 seized pump action rifles illegally imported into the country from Turkey could be traced to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The government said this on Tuesday as part of its submissions before the federal high court in Abuja while opposing IPOB’s motion challenging its proscription and declaration as a terrorist organisation.
In a counter-affidavit against IPOB’s motion, the government insisted that it is a violent group claiming to be non-violent.
The counter-affidavit, deposed to by Ayuba Adam, a litigation officer in the Department of State Services (DSS), referred to a said visit to Kanu by Abdukadir Erahraman, a Turkish citizen, in July.
The government said during the visit, the Turkish citizen urged “Biafrans to rise up and fight a good fight for freedom”.
The counter-affidavit read: “That a Turkish citizen, Abdulkadir Erkahraman, visited Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the 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 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.