THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Report says the Federal High Court in Abuja has granted an order describing the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as ‘acts of terrorism and illegality’, consequently declaring the group a terrorist group.
The court made this ruling on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, after the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had filed an order claiming the activities of IPOB are ‘acts of terrorism and illegality’.
Earlier that day, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed confirmed that the president had approved the legal process for the proscription of the group, according to report.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the minister said, ‘For those who are fixated with legality, I have good news for them: President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the process of proscribing IPOB, and the procedure is on as I speak.’
After clashes between IPOB members and soldiers during a military operation in the South-East this month, Nigeria Army had declared IPOB a terrorist group. The army later retracted this statement based on criticisms that it had made the declaration without the due process of law that was required.