The National Security Council has taken the position of Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, over the Appeal Court judgment on the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Malami had on Friday said that the Appeal Court only discharged Kanu.
Speaking shortly after the NSC meeting presided over by the President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock, Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi said the NSC has adopted Malami’s position on the ruling.
Dingyadi, who spoke alongside his counterpart in the Ministry of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said Kanu was only discharged even as the government would now explore other legal instruments to pursue the matter.
However, he noted that the council did not discuss a possible political solution which Malami had raised last November.
The council, he said, only discussed the Appeal Court judgement but noted that solutions to such matters could be considered so far as they were not subjudice.
The PUNCH reports that Malami, in a televised interview late Thursday, said the Federal Government may consider any route, including political, to resolve the crisis surrounding IPOB’s agitations.
Fielding questions on Kanu and another separatist agitator, Sunday Igboho, the AGF said, “As far as the security situation is concerned and as far as governance and this administration is concerned, you cannot rule out all possibilities.
“But then, there has to be an approach for the government to consider.”
The council also directed the Office of the National Security Adviser in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation to convene a high-powered investigation committee on the crude oil theft in the Niger Delta to expose those behind it.