Biafra leader Kanu still 'missing' as govt gazettes IPOB terrorism status

Postado Setembro 27, 2017

The Nigerian army two weeks ago declared the group a terrorist organization after a clash between the two in south-east Abia State.

But writing on a Yahoo Group, African World Forum, late on Sunday, Chief Okoi Obono Obla, the Special Assistant on Prosecution to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the positions of both the European Union and US Government on IPOB was irrelevant and immaterial as far as Nigeria is concerned.

In the same vein, the Federal high court also proscribed the group on the request of the Nigerian government, a verdict which is being challenged by the group. President Buhari had earlier given written approval for the secessionist group's proscription.

The army had given reasons for pronouncing IPOB a terrorist organization to include that the group's members used stones, molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles, among others on a military patrol.

South east senators were reportedly questioned by some of their colleagues for giving tacit support to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). He said, "Our laws make clear provisions for taking such actions and without the due process being followed, such declaration can not have effect".

Consequently, the general public is hereby warned that any person or group of persons participating in any manner whatsoever in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intentions or otherwise of the said groups will be violating the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 (as amended) and liable to prosecution. Some people in Diaspora contribute money to IPOB.

"Despite the verbal violence and grandiose rhetoric of Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB is not a terrorist Origination. We know this as a fact". The UK High Commission has denied that it received such a request so we urge the Federal Government to renew it.

Speaking with Vanguard, Ejiofor maintained that it is now the responsibility of the federal government to produce Kanu in court on his next adjourned date. No copious citation of worldwide human rights charters should be used as a cover by a secessionist and terrorist group to threaten our national security and imperil the lives of 180 million people.