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Declaring IPOB terrorist organisation is unconstitutional – Saraki

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said the declaration by the Nigerian military that the Indigenous People of Biafra is a terrorist organisation is unconstitutional .

He also said the ban placed on the group ’ s activities by the South -East Governors did not follow due process .

In a statement on Monday , Saraki said the National Assembly will investigate the crisis in the South -East .

However , Saraki, was quick to commend the military for maintaining the peace in the South -East but added that their declaration of the group as a terrorist organisation was unconstitutional .

He said , “ I also wish to state that the announcement of the proscription of the group known as Indigenous People of Biafra by Governors of the South -East states and the categorization of the group as a ‘ terrorist organisation ’ by the Nigerian military are unconstitutional and do not follow due process .
“ Our laws make clear provisions for taking such actions and without the due process being followed , such declaration cannot have effect . I am sure the President will do the needful by initiating the right process.

“ This will go a long way in demonstrating to the world at large that we are a country that operate by laid down process under every circumstance. So , those who have been hammering on this point should maintain their cool .

“ Following the clash between the military and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB ), I hereby call for calm and restraint by all Nigerians so that we would all jointly find the right solution to the current problem rather than worsening the crisis.

“ Our brothers and sisters in the South -East , in particular, should continue to maintain peace and tranquillity and go about their lawful businesses. This crisis will not benefit anybody but would only expose innocent people to unwarranted danger .

The senate president commended all outside the South -East who had worked to ensure that the crisis did not spread to other parts of the country .

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