Federal High Court declares IPOB terrorist group

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.



APC party members in Anambra condemn proscription of IPOB

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party in Anambra have condemned south-east governors and Nigerian Army’s designation of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group.

According to report, in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Okelo Madukaife, the party says the designation of the group as a terrorist group has been done without due process of law.

The statement read:

‘We are worried that governors, who should point the way for the South East, including Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, could lose their heads when others were doing so, and thereby, failed to live up to their responsibilities as leaders.

‘We hold that the governors, who, in unison, ought to have drawn the attention of the army to an error in their pronouncement, instead, endorsed it, without due process or broad consultations, and traded away the constitutional rights of an organisation in the South East. Nothing constitutes a bigger betrayal of trust.

‘It is our view that the five governors should reverse themselves now; as such illegality may be cited as precedence, going forward.

‘We, therefore, call on the Federal Government to call the Nigerian Army to order, to the extent only of veering into the powers reserved for civil authorities, as so much has been experienced in our history, as a nation, not to take some of these costly slips for granted.

‘We do not recommend any governor who participated in that infamous decision back to office in the next governorship election of the respective states, whenever such comes.

‘This would serve as a big deterrent to future leaders in the South East that political leadership is serious business that invites its arrowheads to be alert, courageous, thorough and farsighted. Hence, only people prepared and seasoned for leadership should seek the mandate of the people.’

The party agreed that certain elements of IPOB have gone astray and explained in its statement that:

‘Hence, to this extent, this reckless and indicted arm of IPOB, as, indeed, all persons and organisations should answer to the law.

‘We, however, commend the federal government for the initiative to protect lives and properties in the South East because the end of rights of one person or group under the Nigerian Constitution is the beginning for another individual or group,” the party chapter said.

‘We have seen young men, and women for that matter, claiming to be IPOB members harassing others and compelling them to sing the same songs with them. We have seen those who claim to be IPOB members disrupt campaigns of political parties in Anambra State and threaten leaders of different political persuasions, and heard them claim without lawful authority that elections will not take place in Anambra State on November 18, 2017.

‘We have earlier condemned this stance, and called for action on the part off security agencies. Yet, we are equally mindful that all these observations above have come from a breakaway faction of IPOB, which bad news has spread faster, while the real IPOB; civil and persuasive in their approach has condemned the idea of interfering with elections and perpetrating violence. So the authorities concerned ought to have been more circumspect in this regard.

‘Our heart goes out to all persons who sustained injuries in the course of securing the South-East by the Nigerian Army and to the families of those who lost their lives. We trust that they would not have died in vain, and that the living may imbibe lessons to arrive at better results for the future of a united and secure South-East, which forms the leg for a prosperous and united Nigeria.

‘We urge those who are intent on exercising their right to self-determination to do so within the confines of the law, and to lawfully seek the support of others who must be instrumental to any successful agitation.

‘We warn politicians who think that the chorus of the word ‘Biafra’ is a short cut to public positions in the South East to understand that if it ever worked, the expiry date has come, as agitation or a new country is separate from seeking an office within the Constitution of Nigeria.

‘We advise Ndigbo to return to the political path set by Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and Dr Michael Okpara and Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and take a rightful place in the mainstream of Nigerian politics.’



Turkish government not in support of IPOB

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – The Turkish government has dissociated itself from Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as well as the Turkish citizen, Abdülkadir Erkahraman, who publicly expressed his support for Biafra and encouraged the agitation for Biafra by IPOB members in South-East Nigeria.

Report says Erkahraman visited the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in his hometown in Abia in July.

Erkahraman was said to have urged ‘Biafrans’ to ‘rise up and fight a good fight for freedom’.

The Turkish Embassy in Abuja, in a press release on its website on Saturday, September 16, 2017, separated the Turkish government from Erkahraman.

The press release stated that:

‘The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey wishes to inform the Nigerian public about the following:

‘Abdülkadir Erkahraman, a Turkish citizen, has been sharing videos for some time against the Nigerian Government and presents himself as a Turkish diplomat.

‘Mr. Abdülkadir Erkahraman is neither a diplomat nor a civil servant or an official representative of the Government of Turkey.

‘The Government of Turkey is committed to the territorial integrity and political unity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Furthermore, Turkey never supports secessionist activities against the Federal Republic of Nigeria.’



Okorocha: Nnamdi Kanu’s view is not Igbo view

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has said that the federal government (FG) should treat the view of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as an individual view and not the general view of the Ndigbo community because well-meaning Igbo people have condemned the agitation of the IPOB group for secession and division from Nigeria in all ramifications.

Okorocha, according to report, while speaking on Saturday, September 16, 2017, in an event organized by the State Council of Traditional Rulers headed by Eze Samuel Ohir in Owerri, Imo state capital, said everyone that loves Ndigbo has condemned the activities of IPOB.

Okorocha said:

‘I can see that the unity of Nigeria is today dramatised in the land of Imo State. I say so because growing up as a child, I never knew where I came from because I found myself somewhere in Plateau State as a little boy and the only language I could speak was the Hausa language and I had no choice because that was where I was brought up.’

‘So, I grew up being born an Igbo man, but was reared in the North and was made financially buoyant in the South-West. So I have declared myself that in no way should I be found as a tribalised Nigerian. I will remain detribalised as long as Igbo gave me parentage and childhood, as long as North reared and nurtured me and for as long as Southwest empowered me. My community and my identity is Nigeria.’

‘The Igbo business men have more real estates and more properties and assets outside Igbo land than in Igbo land. So, I want to dissociate Igbo from this very thing that Igbo want to go for secession. A man that wants to go for secession cannot build mansions in Lagos, Kano, Plateau and the rest of the states.’

Speaking further, he said, ‘I think we should single out this act of this young man from the rest of Nigerians. My worry again stands strongly on the fact that today, the issue of IPOB is being politicised. Today, most of them that never worked with the Buhari-led government are using this as an opportunity to fight the federal government. Call those people to order. It’s not far-fetched who these people are. Some of them are busy visiting Kanu’s house and encouraging him. Those people should make a rethink, because they are not doing this nation any good.’

His Majesty Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife,  who was also present at the event said he would not condemn the group but advised that they should use their energy in a more productive way.



Biafra: IG of police deploys police officers to restore peace in Aba

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – According to report, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has deployed over 500 mobile police officers to Aba to restore peace and order in the city  due to the recent crisis between the Nigerian Army and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu.

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Operations, Taiwo Lakanu, disclosed this on Friday, September 15, 2017, at the Aba Police Area Command.

Taiwo explained that the IG has directed that peace and order should be restored to the city hence the deployment of the mobile policemen who had assumed duty in Aba.

He said:

‘You can see that we have emplaced security and that the whole place is quite and our men are on patrol.

‘For now we are still monitoring. So, for now there is no problem. We are on top of the situation. We are working in tandem with other agencies and they are cooperating with us.’

According to report, the Nigerian military in a statement issued by Major General John Enenche, the Director of Defence Information (DDI), declared IPOB as a terrorist organisation. Enenche gave some reasons for the pronouncement.

Enenche said:

‘After due professional analysis and recent developments, it has become expedient, to notify the general public that; the claim by IPOB actors that the organization 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 has been terrorising the general public among others include:

‘The formation of a Biafra Secret Service; Claimed formation of Biafra National Guard; Unauthorised blocking of public access roads; 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 10 September 2017.

‘Physical confrontation of troops by Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB actors at a check point on 11 September 2017 and also attempts to snatch their rifles.’



IPOB replies Defence Headquarters: We are not terrorists

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – The secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday, Friday, September 15, 2017, has denounced the statement made by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Major General John Enenche, that the group is a terrorist group.

According to report, one IPOB member said in a phone interview with journalists that the group is a non-violent movement which has never killed or carried arms.

Prince Kanu, the younger brother of the embattled leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, said:

‘It is very, very laughable that the statement is coming from a military intelligence officer.

‘One, IPOB is a non-violent movement. We do not carry arms. We’ve never asked anyone to kill for us, neither have we killed anyone.

‘If you look at our records, our records are clean and straight.

‘From inception, Nnamdi Kanu made it clear to the whole world that we are non-violent freedom fighters, and that is the way it has been.’



Nigeria: Defence Headquarters declares Kanu and IPOB terrorists

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – According to local report, Nigeria’s military headquarters, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), has declared the secessionist Igbo group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu a terrorist group.

The military declared this yesterday, Friday, September 15, 2017, in a statement by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Major-General John Enenche.

This comes as a result of clashes between IPOB members and soldiers on an ongoing military operation in Abia tagged Operation Python Dance (Egwu Eke) II.

The statement reportedly reads:

1. The Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) group which has posed to be a security challenge in the Country, has been metamorphosing from one stage to the other. After due professional analysis and recent developments, it has become expedient, to notify the general public that; the claim by IPOB actors that the organization 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 has been terrorising the general public among others include;

a. The formation of a Biafra Secret Service.

b. Claimed formation of Biafra National Guard.

c. Unauthorised blocking of public access roads.

d. Extortion of money from innocent civilians at illegal road blocks.

e. Militant possession and use of weapons (stones, molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles among others) on a military patrol on 10 September 2017.

f. Physical confrontation of troops by Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB actors at a check point on 11 September 2017 and also attempts to snatch their rifles.

g. Attack by IPOB members, on a military check point on 12 September 2017, at Isialangwa, where one IPOB actor attempted to snatch a female soldier’s rifle.

2. From the foregoing, the Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to confirm to the general public that IPOB from all intent, plan and purpose as analysed, is a militant terrorist organisation. Therefore, parents and particularly unsuspecting residents of the South East and other Nigerians should advice their wards to desist from joining the group.

3. The Defence Headquarters restates its commitment to handling all the security challenges in the Country and further assures all Nigerians of the protection of lives and property.

Police in Abia confirmed that IPOB members attacked amd burned down a police station.