Nigerian military brands IPOB a terrorist organisation

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 IPOB posed security challenge
and had been metamorphosing from one stage
to another.
“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, 2017.

“Physical confrontation of troops by Nnamdi
Kanu and other IPOB actors at a check point on
Sept. 11, 2017 and also attempt to snatch their
“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. 

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