IT NEWS NIGERIA:
Nigerian Military has today declared unarmed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB “Militant Terrorist Organisation.
This is following Northern Elders’ Forum node that NIgeria government’s military show of force in the South East code-named Python dance 11 that leave behind tears and bloodis lawful.
NAN reports that 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. “After 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. “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 have been terrorising the general public include: “The 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.
“Militant possession and use of weapons (stones, molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles, among others) on a military patrol on Sept. 10, 2017. “Physical confrontation of troops by Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB actors at a check point on Sept. 11, 2017 and also attempt to snatch their rifles.
“Attack by IPOB members on a military check point on Sept. 12, 2017, at Isialangwa, where one IPOB actor attempted to snatch a female soldier’s rifle.’’ “From 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,’’ the DDI said.
Speaking with Journalists Friday in Abuja, former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University and Spokesman of the Northern Elders’ Forum, NEF, Professor Ango Abdullahi accused Ohanaeze Ndigbo of being the mastermind of the agitations all along in the South East by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu.
On his take on the army, IPOB Clash in the South East, Ango Abdullahi said, “My take is that it is the duty of the security agencies to take on any challenges threatening the peace of the country in whole or in part . It is the responsibility of one of the security agents in the country and they have a system of taking command in terms of where they go and where they don’t go,what they do when they get there and so on and so forth. So I take it that the military are where they are now for obvious reasons.
“I believe the military are there in the north east,they are dealing with issues of insurgency and Boko Haram. I believe we have military personnel in the Niger Delta for various reasons and this particular engagement of the military where the exercise of the dance of the python .