The Nigerian military will on Monday September 18, 2017 commence total onslaught against Nnamdi Kanu and his group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
On Friday, the Nigerian military in a statement by Major General, John Enenche, Director Defence Information, declared IPOB a “Militant Terrorist Organisation”.
A statement signed by the military spokesman gave the reasons for the decision, 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.”
— Major General John Enenche, Director Defence Information
There are reports that the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts remains unknown after the army stormed his country home in Afara-Ibeku, Umuahia the Abia state capital on Thursday.