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Every group like IPOB will be proscribed –Presidency

The Presidency, on Thursday, said every other group that operated like the secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra , would also be proscribed and tag a terrorist organisation .

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu , said this during a live television programme titled, ‘ Sunrise Daily ’ on Channels Television.

Shehu said IPOB operated like Boko Haram by declaring an independent state and hoisting a foreign flag on Nigerian soil.

He also accused the secessionist group of printing Biafran currency ; issuing Biafran passports and extorting money from people under the guise of compulsory tax collection.

When asked what the Federal Government would do if a similar group emerged following the proscription of IPOB , Shehu said, “ If another group comes up and produces passports and produces currency and sets up an intelligence agency and a para -military organisation of sorts , the law will apply to them as it did to IPOB. ”

The President’ s spokesman said groups like the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, would not need to be proscribed because they were not as violent and unruly as IPOB.

He said the Arewa youths , who issued a notice to quit to Igbo , were not given the IPOB treatment because they had withdrawn their threat and had succumbed to the voice of reason .

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