The Nigerian military has declared the pro-Biafra separatist group, IPOB, a “terrorist organisation.”
his statement titled: “PUBLIC AWARENESS ON THE STATE OF INDEPENDENT
PEOPLE OF BIAFRA”, Mr. Enenche, a major general, listed five reasons the
military considered for labelling IPOB a terror group.
See following reasons:
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.
Militant possession and use of weapons (stones, molotov cocktails,
machetes and broken bottles among others) on a military patrol on 10
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
Attack by IPOB members, on a military check point on 12 September 2017,
at Isialangwa, where one IPOB actor attempted to snatch a female
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.
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.