The Defence Headquarters has branded the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a â€œmilitant terrorist organisationâ€™â€™ 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 â€œall security challenges facing the country.â€™â€™
Enenche also assured of the protection of lives and property in all parts of the country.
He said that IPOB posed security challenge and had been metamorphosing from one stage to another.
â€œAfter 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.
â€œHence, the need to bring to public awareness the true and current state of IPOB.
â€œIn this regard, some of their actions, clandestinely and actively, that have been terrorising the general public include: â€œThe 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.
â€œMilitant possession and use of weapons (stones, molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles, among others) on a military patrol on Sept. 10, 2017.
â€œPhysical confrontation of troops by Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB actors at a checkpoint on Sept. 11, 2017 and also attempt to snatch their rifles.
â€œAttack by IPOB members on a military checkpoint on Sept. 12, 2017, at Isialangwa, where one IPOB actor attempted to snatch a female soldierâ€™s rifle.â€™â€™
â€œFrom 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,â€™â€™ the DDI said.
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