The Nigerian Military on Friday September 15, 2017 declared the separatist pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Biafra separatist, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, as a Militant Terrorist Organisation (MTO).
In a statement by the Director Defence Information (DDI) Major General, John Enenche, the Nigerian military stated, inter alia, below:
“ . . . 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;
The formation of a Biafra Secret Service; Claimed formation of Biafra National Guard; Unauthorised blocking of public access roads; 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 September 2017.
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 rifles.
Attack by IPOB members, on a military check point on 12 September 2017, at Isialangwa, where one IPOB actor attempted to snatch a female soldier’s rifle.
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 . . . ”
— Major General, John Enenche, Director Defence Information (DDI), Defense Headquarters, Abuja.