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DIA QUIZZES, RELEASES OLAWUNMI OVER BOKO HARAM SPONSORS STATEMENT

Commodore Kunle Olawunmi (retd), a Professor of Global Security Studies, was yesterday quizzed by the Defence Intelligence Agency, DIA, over his statement that Boko Haram terrorists were being sponsored by Governors, Senators and some officials in the Presidency.

He arrived DIA headquarters with his lawyers, Femi Falana, SAN, and Abubakar Marshal, at about 4:00pm and the session between the Commodore and the DIA lasted for about three hours.

Commenting on his invitation, his lawyer Falana, said: “I confirm that it was a friendly chat between Commodore Kunle Olawunmi and his colleagues. The chat ended a few minutes ago.

“I was allowed to represent the retired military officer during the friendly chat in strict compliance with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.”

The retired Commodore had in a recent interview with Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, also said the present government had failed to go after the sponsors of Boko Haram even when the information to that effect is available.

Olawunmi said he was a member of the Intelligence Brief at Defence Headquarters during the leadership of the then Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin (retd). He had said in the interview: “I told General Olonisakin then that the centre of this problem cannot be solved the same way we solved the problem of Niger Delta.

‘’The Niger Delta problem was solved during 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 (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 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 actually 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.

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