After series of conflicts with the Army, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters on Friday 16th September branded the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a “militant terrorist organisation’’
In its official statement, the DHQ said, “After due professional analysis and recent developments, it has become expedient to notify the general public that the claim by IPOB actors that the organisation is non-violent is not true.
“Hence, the need to bring to public awareness the true and current state of IPOB.
“In this regard, some of their actions, clandestinely and actively, that have been terrorising the general public include:
“The formation of a Biafra Secret Service, claimed formation of Biafra National Guard, unauthorised blocking of public access roads and extortion of money from innocent civilians at illegal road blocks”
In light of this the DHQ, thus went further to say, “From the foregoing, the Armed Forces of Nigeria wish to confirm to the general public that IPOB from all intent, plan and purpose as analysed, is a militant terrorist organisation,’’
In addition to this declaration by the DHQ, The South East Governors’ Forum also on Friday 16th September proscribed all the activities of the group within their region.
Chairman of the forum, Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi said “All activities of IPOB are, hereby, proscribed. IPOB and all other aggrieved groups are advised to articulate their position on all national issues.
“Such should be submitted to the committee of governors, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo and National Assembly members from the South East zone through the chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum”
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