Nigerian Military declares IPOB a terrorist organisation


IPOB members during a gathering.
The Defence Headquarters has branded the

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a “militant
terrorist organisation” and urged parents to
dissuade their wards from joining the group.
In a statement in Abuja on Friday, Maj.-Gen.
John Enenche, the Director, Defence Information
(DDI), therefore, restated the commitment of the
Armed Forces to confront “all security challenges
facing the country.”
Enenche also assured of the protection of lives
and property in all parts of the country by the
He said that the group posed security challenge
and had been metamorphosing from one stage to
“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.
“Militant possession and use of weapons (stones,
molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles,
among others) on a military patrol on Sept. 10,
“Physical confrontation of troops by Nnamdi
Kanu and other actors at a check point on Sept.
11, 2017 and also attempt to snatch their rifles.
“Attack by IPOB members on a military check
point on Sept. 12, 2017, at Isialangwa, where one
IPOB actor attempted to snatch a female
soldier’s rifle.”
“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,” the
DDI said. (NAN)

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