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Nigerian Military Declares IPOB “Militant Terrorist Organisation”

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The Defence Headquarters has branded the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a “militant terrorist organisation’’ 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 (DDI), therefore, restated the commitment of the Armed Forces to confront “all security challenges facing the country.’’

Enenche also assured of the protection of lives and property in all parts of the country by the military.

He said that the IPOB posed security challenge and had been metamorphosing from one stage to another.

Although there have been reports of deaths particularly of IPOB members, none has been attributed to IPOB activities.

IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu are peacefully campaigning for an independent country of Biafra made up of ethnic Igbos.

Although they had said their campaign was non-violent, Mr. Kanu said this week that that stance would be reviewed, accusing the military of attacking unharmed members of his organisation.

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