Troops of the Nigerian army have launched a manhunt for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who is reported to have gone underground.

From a reliable military source said troops have been given a firm order to fish out and arrest the IPOB leader as the Defence Headquarters, on Friday, declared IPOB as a terrorist organisation.

“Intelligence has, however, revealed that Kanu might have gone underground. As I speak with you, troops have actually searched his house and he was not found there. Troops have a mandate to arrest him wherever he might be,” the source revealed.

“We might follow the legal process by holding his sureties responsible. These sureties will have to produce him.

“We are looking into the allegations of foreign support for Kanu. We are doing a profiling of his foreign contacts. We have some clues but we need to dig deeper.”

Sources also added that the presidency overruled Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, on the withdrawal of troops because the police alone could not cope with the “grave security” situation.

“The governor wanted a political solution to a military matter. But the federal government cannot watch and allow the situation to degenerate,” one of the sources said.

“Before Kanu was released on bail, these same governors in the Southeast, political leaders from the zone and others prevailed on the federal government to allow him home.

“Some of these governors and Igbo leaders made a commitment that they would ensure that Kanu did not abuse his bail conditions.

“The government bent backward and ensured that Kanu was released on bail. But you can see what has happened. All those who gave the guarantee that Kanu would respect his bail bond have been made to look foolish.

“Intelligence on IPOB revealed that without troops on the streets, the situation would have been worse.”