According to the Federal Government, EndSARS protestors aided Nnamdi Kanu, head of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, said this at a press conference in Abuja on Friday.
According to Malami, Kanu incited his supporters to perform violent acts and to damage both private and public property.
“As you are aware, Nnamdi Kanu, the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been at the forefront of a subversive campaign against the Nigerian state,” he said.
“As a result, on October 14, 2015, Nnamdi Kanu was detained.” He was charged with treasonable felony and other offenses. On 25th April 2017, the Federal High Court in Abuja granted him bail. He did, however, violate the bail restrictions and escaped to another country.
“While in self-exile, Nnamdi Kanu stepped up his subversive campaign, utilizing online Radio Biafra to incite violence and incite IPOB members to commit violent attacks against civil and democratic institutions, most notably security personnel, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and civilians. He was responsible for the destruction of public and private property around the nation.
“As a consequence of these illegal acts, IPOB was outlawed and labeled a terrorist group on 20th September 2017 by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
“Despite the Federal Government’s proscription of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu maintained the subversive campaign, agitating and inciting broadcasts directing IPOB members to conduct assaults on the government.
“The October 2020 EndSARS demonstrations aided Nnamdi Kanu’s evil aims, as he seized the protests via subversive and inciting internet broadcasts and actively directed assaults on security officers and installations.
“As a consequence of these broadcasts, IPOB members assaulted and murdered security officers and set fire to police stations, correctional facilities, INEC offices, bus terminals, the Palace of the Oba of Lagos, banks, hospitals, shopping malls, and automobiles, among others.
“On 12 December 2020, Nnamdi Kanu established the Eastern Security Network” (ESN) as an armed branch of IPOB with the aim of advancing the proscribed group’s malevolent goal. ESN continued to target security officers and citizens viewed as adversaries, in addition to destroying private and public property.
“IPOB/disruptive ESN’s operations represent a grave danger to Nigeria’s national security and corporate survival, prompting the re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu and other members of his organisation.”