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DHQ declares 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 , 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 .

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He said that 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 checkpoint on Sept . 11 , 2017 and also attempt to snatch their rifles .

“ Attack by IPOB members on a military checkpoint 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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