Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has denied having a hand in the arrest and extradition of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Naija News recalls that IPOB had threatened to deal with some people who paid a role in the arrest of its leader.
The group said Chris Ngige, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano; and Igbo businessman, Emeka Offor, would pay for their satanic role in Kanu’s crisis.
The Group had earlier accused the above names of betraying its leader due to their selfish interest.
The spokesman of the group, Emma Powerful, had said the group would hold those named above accountable if anything happens to Kanu.
Powerful in a statement alleged that Offor claimed he was ready to spend N250 million to counter Radio Biafra.
Reacting in a statement on Saturday by his Media Office, Ngige stated that he lacked the time to meddle into security and diplomatic matters.
According to the former governor, IPOB’s move to link him to Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest is deceitful, mischievous, malicious and wicked.
It said: “Ngige is occupied, involved and engrossed with his duties as the Labour and Employment Minister, member of Federal Cabinet Committee for Economic Recovery and member of the Economic Sustainability Committee constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari, which is headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with the mandate to tackle the challenges and fallouts of COVID-19 and post COVID-19 era.
“It is therefore unthinkable that somebody with grey matter in his brain, except if he is hallucinating like the IPOB spokesman, could accuse a very busy Minister like Senator Ngige of being part of a ‘conspiracy’ for the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu.
“The Minister, being somebody with long-standing experience in the public service, knows the bounds of his office and does not have the time to meddle into Foreign Affairs of Extradition and security matters that clearly fall within the mandate of the Nigerian Diplomatic Missions, national intelligence agencies.
“Ngige is neither the Minister of Police Affairs, Justice, Foreign Affairs nor the National Security Adviser, to start discussing issues of extradition or arrest of a fugitive outside Nigeria’s territory, which are clearly outside his mandate.”