The Defence Intelligence Agency has confirmed SaharaReporters’ report that it declared a former Nigerian Navy Commodore, Kunle Olawunmi, wished for exposing in an interview how the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration refused to probe excessive profile politicians whom Boko Haram terrorists named as their sponsors.
The DIA stated in a shallow assertion it invited Olawunmi to its headquarters in a ”textual content message to come back over as a retired army officer to shed extra lights with the data that may help the AFN to additional battle in opposition to terrorism, insurgency and banditry.”
The intelligence company, regardless of the quantity of knowledge on the actions of the insurgents and bandits ravaging the nation stated it was ready for a retired army officer to help it battle the insurgency.
SaharaReporters had earlier reported that the DIA requested Olawunmi to come back to its headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday along with his worldwide passport, which can be seized.
In a response obtained by SaharaReporters on Saturday afternoon, a DIA official stated, “Please gentlemen of the press. There is a SaharaReporters’ online news that the DIA has ordered for the arrest of Cdre Olawunmi rtd. We are issuing a statement soon. You recall he said he his (sic) privileged to lots of information during his media interview on Channels. He was only invite (sic) through text message to come over as a retired military officer to shed more lights with the information that would assist the AFN to further fight against terrorism, insurgency and banditry.
“Also recall that the CDS has just concluded his tour of the 6 Geo-Political Zones where he solicited for the support and cooperation of retired military officers. Arrest of persons was not part of it.”
The Defence Intelligence Agency is the first army intelligence company of Nigeria.
“The agency has declared retired Navy Commodore Kunle Olawunmi wanted for spilling the beans over Boko Haram sponsors in the Buhari regime. They asked him to come with his international passport on Tuesday to the DIA office in Abuja,” a high supply had stated.
SaharaReporters had final Wednesday reported that Olawunmi spoke when he featured on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ breakfast programme.
He had condemned Tuesday’s assault by bloodthirsty bandits on the Kaduna campus of Nigeria’s foremost army college, the Nigerian Defence Academy, the place two army officers have been killed and one other kidnapped.
The Professor of Global Security Studies had stated, “It is an aberration; you don’t attack the Nigerian Defence Academy and get away with it. In 2017, I carried out an investigation by the Minister of Defence that wanted me to check what was going on with the training and the security there (NDA). I remember I spent about a week in the NDA with the commandant and the staff but something struck me: every Friday, the gate of NDA is thrown open and everybody has access to pray in the mosque.
“On Fridays, you are going to see the same thing happening across all military formations in the country. If you go to Defence Headquarters, I served at the Defence Headquarters as the Deputy Director, Defence Administration, between 2015 and 2017, throughout my two years at Defence Headquarters, I received visitors twice because of the strict security architecture there but every Friday, the gate of the Defence Headquarters is thrown wide open for everybody to come in and observe Juma’at.
“That is the time the terrorists have the time to profile our security environment. It has always been the case. I have served the military intelligence for the past 35 years. Our problem is religion and socio-cultural.”
Olawunmi had added that he was a member of the Intelligence Brief on the Defence Headquarters through the management of the then Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin (retd.).
The intelligence skilled stated he advised the then CDS that the centre of gravity of the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the North-East and spreading to different elements of Nigeria was the sponsor.
“I told General Olonisakin then that the centre of this problem cannot be solved the same way we solved the problem of the Niger Delta. The Niger Delta problem was solved during (Ex-President Umaru) Yar’adua basically by me and I told them that we can’t use that same template for Boko Haram.
“I told General Olonisakin to look at the centre of gravity of the problem. I was made a member of the committee in 2016-2017 including former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru that died.
“I told them that the centre of gravity of Boko Haram in Nigeria is the sponsors of the programme. It was beyond us because the job we needed to do was kinetic but we cannot resolve the issues of sponsors of Boko Haram that were in Buhari’s government that we know them. That was why we couldn’t pursue that aspect that could have resolved the issue because we need to arrest people.
“Recently, 400 people were gathered as sponsors of Boko Haram, why is it that the Buhari government has refused to try them? Why can’t this government bring them to trial if not that they are partisan and part of the charade that is going on?
“You remember this Boko Haram issue started in 2012 and I was in the military intelligence at that time. We arrested those people. My organisation conducted interrogation and they (suspects) mentioned names. I can’t come on air and start mentioning names of people that are presently in government that I know that the boys that we arrested mentioned. Some of them are governors now, some of them are in the Senate, some of them are in Aso Rock.
“Why should a government decide to cause this kind of embarrassment and insecurity to the sense of what happened yesterday (Tuesday at the NDA)?”
Olawunmi had additionally stated that the Department of State Services had large data on terrorists however they might not do something besides by the physique language of the Commander-In-Chief.