The Federal Government has explained why it has not arrested the leaderships of the Coalition of Northern Youths who recently issued quit notices to Igbos living in the North.
TheNewsGuru.com reports that the youths (under the aegis of Arewa) on June 6 issued strong worded warnings to Igbos leaving in the region to leave before October 1 (Independence Day) or face attacks.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday said government did not go after sponsors of the quit notice due to the “security implications”, adding that the Federal Government was being strategic in handling the issue.
In his words: “The way the government works is that a lot of considerations naturally come into play. One is investigation, which is not time-bound; two, security consideration; three, expeditious determination and consideration of public interest.
“But one thing that is certain is that the government is ever alive to its responsibilities and whoever is found wanting, regardless of the length of time, will definitely be brought to book.
“That is the way it works. I assure you that the government will, within the context of its responsibilities, work to ensure good governance, justice, peace and fairness in the nation.”
TheNewsGuru.com reports that after several interventions from leaders across board, the Arewa Youths last week withdrew the quit notice
Their spokesman, AbdulAziz Suleiman, said the withdrawal was as a result of consultations and pressure from various groups.
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has warned the Federal Government against re-arresting its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The spokesman of group, Emma Powerful who said doing so will have dire consequences.
The IPOB spokesman was reacting to what it called an attack on the Ohanaeze. Some ACF elders had berated the Ohanaeze leaders for trivialising a criminal matter.
According to Powerful, Kanu has not committed any crime that could warrant his rearrest.
He said: “If Nigeria ever had a case against our leader, why have the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) not commenced the trial since October 2015 when our leader was first arrested?
“Instead, the Arewa North thought they could intimidate this present Ohaneze Ndigbo as they did to previous executives, into allowing Nnamdi Kanu to be arrested.
“The idea of wanting to use baseless trumped up charges to justify the extra-judicial detention of Kanu will be resisted by all men and women of good conscience.”