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IPOB Is A Terrorist Group, Stands Proscribed – FG Insists

The Federal Government on Tuesday threw its weight on the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the categorisation of IPOB as a terrorist organisation by both the south-east governors and the Nigerian army, respectively, saying the activities of the group are similar to those of other terrorist groups. 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Tuesday when he appeared on a live TV programme “Good Morning Nigeria” on NTA.

According to him, federal government equally knows the foreign countries supporting and funding the activities of IPOB in Nigeria and has kick-started steps at blocking IPOB’s funding. 

Lai Mohammed also said IPOB has written to foreign countries, lying to them that Nigeria is a country where Muslims persecute Christians and that in Nigeria, genocide is carried out by the state. 

According to him, “There are a lot of arguments regarding the constitutionality of the action of the military and the South East governors. 

"People must realise that we are dealing with issue of national security and I do not think that the military and the governors should fold their arms while the country is set ablaze.

“I have heard a lot of comments as to whether the military has the right to declare IPOB, a terrorist group “What the military has done is to catalogue all the activities of IPOB, which are not different from that of terrorists groups,” he said. 

He added that IPOB set up a para-military organisation, a parallel military group, Biafra Secret Service and Biafra National Guard. These actions are clearly against the law.