Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal Government has been vindicated concerning allegations on the whereabouts of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Mohammed was responding to questions as regards threats by Kanu that he was returning to the country with ‘hell’.
According to the minister, “It is now confirmed that government authorities were never in custody of Kanu as against initial claims by his parents that their son was missing.”
Mohammed also condemned caricature of him (Mohammed) on social media threatening to attack Israel if that country failed to return Kanu back to Nigeria.
He said, “I was in London when I heard the story about Nnamdi Kanu surfacing in Israel. I was not in a position to make any statement.
“But before I knew it, within a few hours, I saw my picture with a story saying that I had actually given Israel ultimatum to return Nnamdi Kanu otherwise, we will send them missiles.
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“I just laughed. It speaks to what we are talking about, fake news because it is probably the biggest threat in the run-up to the elections.
“Having said that I have nothing more to add, to the issue of Nnamdi Kanu. At the appropriate time, the various authorities will make a statement about the issue of Kanu.
“But this has proven that all along when Kanu disappeared and the mob was asking the Nigerian army to account for the whereabouts of Kanu.
“I kept saying that Kanu knows where he is. He was not in the custody of the Federal Government.
“We have been vindicated today. Any other statement will be made in due course”.