The Nigerian military has said that the leader of the Indegenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kalu is not in their custody.
This was revealed by the Defence Spokesman, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, at a news conference in Abuja on Friday.
Recall that Nnamdi Kanu has not been seen since the Nigerian Military stormed his father’s house in Abia state following unrest and fracas between IPOB and the Military some weeks ago.
IPOB followers have been insinuating that their leader may have been detained by the military, with the group’s lawyer giving a statement earlier this week that he is preparing to petition the federal government on the whereabouts of his client.
Maj. Gen John Enenche in the statement denying having custody of Kanu, urged the citizens not to be alarmed in the face of the presence of the military in almost all parts of the country.
He said that the military exercises were being carried out by the armed forces not only to tackle the challenges but to train personnel, adding that they were being done in line with best international practices.
On the quit notice issued to the Igbo by Arewa youths to leave the Northern part of the country on or before October 1, he said that the issue had been addressed by the political leadership.
He explained that they were assisting civil authorities to tackle emerging security threats.
The defense spokesman noted that the emerging threats were not unexpected as the nation passes through various stages of development.
According to him, some of the advanced countries have also passed these stages where their armed forces are called in to assist civil authorities to tackle security challenges.