Nigerian troops launch manhunt for Nnamdi Kanu; IPOB is not a terrorist organisation – Ohanaeze Ndigbo; Nnamdi Kanu goes into hiding; Police recover IEDs, petrol bombs from Nnamdi Kanu’s house; Only courts can pronounce a group terrorist organisation – IPOB; South East govs have enslaved themselves in the hands of Hausa/Fulani masters – IPOB . . .
Nigerian troops have launched a manhunt for the Biafra separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. This is coming barely 24 hours after the military declared IPOB a terrorist organization and the group’s proscription by the southeast governors.
Maxi Kanu has gone underground. Recall that Mazi Kanu is on bail for alleged treason and treasonable charges preferred against him by a Federal High Court in Abuja. There are reports that the military and security agencies may request for his sureties to account for him.
The apex socio-cultural Igbo organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has faulted the declaration of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as a terrorist organization by the Nigerian military.
The Imeobi Ohanaeze stated this in a 9-point communique it issued at the end of its meeting on Saturday at the Nike Lake Resort Hotel Enugu.
The communique was signed by Ohanaeze President -General, John Nwodo, and Secretary-General, Uche Okwukwu. In the communique, Ohanaeze said: “That Imeobi resolved that IPOB is not a terrorist organization. There are processes under extant national and international laws, especially the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011, as Amended in 2015 to determine whether a group is or not a terrorist organisation.”
The founder of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has gone into hiding following Friday’s declaration by the Nigerian Army that IPOB is a Militant Terrorist Organization.
Again, southeast governors had proscribed IPOB. Maxi Kanu and his top lieutenants had ‘disappeared’ from his country home in Afaraukwu near Umuahia. His whereabouts are unknown.
The Police in Abia State said yesterday that soldiers recovered Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol bombs from the house of the leader of the Biafra separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in Afaraukwu near Umuahia.
The items are now in the custody of the police, according to Police Commissioner Anthony Ogbizi, who also warned that anybody found with Biafra flag or emblem will be arrested and charged to court.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) said yesterday that its declaration as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian military was a breach of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act of 2011. IPOB, in a statement yesterday, faulted the step taken by the DHQ, citing Section 2 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act of 2011.
IPOB said: “only a judge can declare an organisation proscribed based on proven case of acts of terrorism and such case will be presented to the judge through an application made by the attorney-general or the National Security Adviser or the Inspector General of Police with the approval of the president. The judge’s declaration will thereafter be gazetted.”
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Saturday night condemned the South East Governor’s Forum over their proscription of the activities of the organization which it described as most peaceful body in the world.
In a statement signed by its media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, the organization said, inter alia, that the speed with which the governors announced the proscription of IPOB activities had proved that the governors would remain slaves in the hands of their Hausa Fulani masters . . . the governors declared the group as illegal without condemning the barbaric and unprovoked killings of IPOB people in Umuahia, Aba and Port Harcourt, as well as the continuous killing, raping of women and destruction of farm crops by herdsmen masquerading as cattle rearers in Biafra land.