Federal government place prominent Nigerians under watch

There are strong indications that the federal government has placed some prominent personalities under watch 

This is part of national security measures 

The government is said to be concerned about threats of secession from some regional groups 

A report by New Telegraph has revealed that several prominent Nigerians have been placed under security watch by the federal government.
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The report claimed the government is concerned about threats of secession from some regional groups, particularly the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as well as activities of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

Highly placed sources quoted in the report said there is suspicion in military and security circles that some prominent individuals may be sponsoring the agitations.

IPOB and MASSOB are agitating for the sovereign state of Biafra, while the NDA has carried out series of bombings of oil and gas installations in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

There are several other smaller groups who have been threatening the government and the corporate existence of Nigeria as one nation.

According to the report, security operatives had stumbled on millions of dollars and pounds in bank accounts of a leader of one of the groups calling for secession.

A senior military source who spoke on the issue was quoted to have affirmed the authenticity of the report.

His words: “You see, there is no responsible government that will fold its arms and let things like this continue. Part of the responsibility of government is to prevent and tackle possible threats to national security.

 “You think it is not important that we investigate who may be supporting and funding some of these groups? “We are concerned that some prominent Nigerians, who had served our dear country at very high levels, will promote the idea of renaming their people’s day to what is apparently suggestive. 

“What is clear to us here, is that nothing and nobody will be allowed to cause the break-up of Nigeria. 

“We will defend the oneness, indivisibility, and sovereignty of the country; we have that sacred mandate to champion that.” 

Meanwhile, the report also stated that some of the militants arrested so far have made confessions that indicted some highly-placed people.

In a related development, leaders from the Niger Delta region have reacted to the threat by President Muhammadu Buhari to deal with Niger Delta militants.

A former provost marshal of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Idada Ikponmwen (retd.) describes the idea of Buhari threatening to use force against militants as an anathema.

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