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Nigerian Military declares IPOB a Terrorist Organization



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Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters have declared the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a militant terrorist organization.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Director of Defence Information, Major John Enenche advised parents to dissuade their wards from joining the group expressly reiterating that the Army will confront “all security challenges facing the country”.

The reasons listed for the declaration include the formation of a Biafra Secret Service, the reported formation of Biafra National Guard, blocking of public access roads and so much more.

The full declaration reads:

The Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) group which has posed to be a security challenge in the Country, has been metamorphosing from one stage to the other. 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 roadblocks.

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 checkpoint on 11 September 2017 and also attempts to snatch their rifles.

Attack by IPOB members, on a military checkpoint on 12 September 2017, at Isialangwa, where one IPOB actor attempted to snatch a female soldier’s rifle.



  1. NG

    September 15, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Ridiculous nonsense!

  2. nwa nna

    September 15, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    And yet the Fulani herdsmen roam Nigeria freely clutching their AK-47 killing and maiming innocent citizens and the NA/ FGN doesn’t see it fit to name them a terrorists group while they terrorize and leave a trail of blood?!
    I smell BS and double standards as usual.. Nigeria is indeed a land to say the least.

    • nwa nna

      September 15, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      Meant to say, Indeed a strange land

  3. chi

    September 15, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Not a new thing …mandela and his ACN group was branded a terrorist organization by the apathaid regime..was even on USA terrorism watch list as early as 2008…it is just a sign of despiration by the Zoo government….the zoo must fall..this battle is even too easy….as for cowards with slavish mentality that is is supporting the babarian zoo government and justifying evil mostly bcos of tribalism thinking it is just an igbo affair…It is a circle….I will leave this quote by harriet tubman for you “I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves”

  4. chi

    September 15, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    all those condeming nnanmdi kanu and justifying the babarism of the Nigerian Gorvenment ..May you get same treatment as Kanu any day you ask for you right both in your family’s and workplace.

  5. kkay

    September 15, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Hidden agenda unfolding….

  6. Dora

    September 16, 2017 at 12:24 am

    They could not declare the fulani herdsmen a terrorist organisation, but you are declaring IPOB one. Shame on you Buhari. You are an empty and uneducated skull. You think you are still in the military ear. Google the word DEMOCRACY. Dumb idiot!

  7. nene+

    September 16, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Really? IPOB?
    This is calling a dog a bad name so as to hang it and it is reprehensible.
    As for me I curse that 2015 presidential election day and those who support evil. That said let Igbos maintain peace.
    Is Soludo,Orji Kalu asleep? Buharis hatred for the Igbos as corroborated by FFK is palpably solid!
    Igbos don’t waste your lives, Terrorism is not part of you!

  8. Susie

    September 16, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Buhari’s bias & agenda against Igbos is so clear that everyone can see it… & I’m not even Igbo!

  9. nnenne

    September 16, 2017 at 3:15 am

    The only answer is. Justice!
    Otherwise you are merely pushing it for your children , yet unborn to solve!

  10. Bowl

    September 16, 2017 at 4:33 am

    This is for all of you Igbos , who come here to spew nonsense. Now you know the country you belong to !

  11. Bowl

    September 16, 2017 at 4:34 am

    We will just be here making noise . what is the way forward ?

  12. Osh bebe

    September 16, 2017 at 6:31 am

    No one is taking away any right from the igbos, all we are saying is that Nnamdi Kanu should go about it in a peaceful way not with hateful words and inciteful utterances provoking violence as a result. Then again, of what use is it for Buhari or the north to hate igbos. As far as i know igbos are in the minority population wise compared to the north. North is richer in terms of natural resources. So really what does Buhari have to gain in persecuting the igbos. All i can say is that the igbos need to get their arts together and organize themselves better.

    • Hypocrites

      September 16, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Osh bebe, I didn’t want to comment on this post but the stench of ignorance from your post wouldn’t let me. You actually asked of what use it is for Buhari to hate Igbos since they are minorities in population. Buhari publicly said he would treat those that give him 5% of their votes unfairly and he’s fulfilling the threat and you’re still looking for reasons. Maybe you should go to Daura and find it. What reasons do people need to be evil? That 5% declaration must have been a bedroom gossip but for him to say it publicly in the U.S where the whole world watched you’ll know it is so bad and sinister he couldn’t hide it anymore. Then imagine the kind of hate he really harbours for Igbos.
      Of all the major tribes in Nigeria only Igbos are almost a 100% Christians while Buhari, on the other hand, is an Islamic fundamentalist, like the Muslim of Muslims. I don’t need to remind you of the stories of the Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.
      Buhari is Fulani, Fulanis see themselves and do identify as Arabs while many Igbos claim they are Jews. I don’t need to remind you of the history of Arabs and Jews. Igbos are everything Buhari is not. Igbos, as a group, did vote for him in the last election. They are the 5%. Jonathan went to southwest and north to campaign, spending lots of money. He didn’t spend much in southeast (often labelled as the only moneylovers) but they still voted for him mainly because of his opponent Buhari. Igbos know the man Buhari but some people thought they were just being tribalistic. The story would have been different if it was Atiku vs Jonathan.
      Are you still looking for a reason for the hatred? Meanwhile, what’s your reason for being so callous? You don’t care that the army invaded Abia state killing people en masse. My friend in Umuahia tells me what’s happening. If I type the details here there’s no way BN will approve my comment. However, she cries all through the calls because she had never seen such bloodshed. I go through news blogs but I don’t see up to 1% of the true story of ethnic cleansing going on presently. The army went to the office of the NUJ and destroyed all their equipment because they thought NUJ members caught them on camera executing their killing mission. Maybe that’s why the journalists are not reporting what is really happening. Remember, all the soldiers deployed for operation python dance are Hausa-speaking.
      This has nothing to do with Nnamdi Kanu or IPOB, it is just the excuse. Why didn’t they arrest him on other charges and re-arraign him? Why didn’t they wait for his day in court which is next month, knowing that the AGF has already made an application for the revocation of his bail? Recall that the army said the operation was targeted at kidnappers, armed robbers, blah blah blah. How many of those killed are kidnappers? How many of those young people killed are members of IPOB, even though it’s wrong to kill them like that?
      Chi made a comment the other day about those who support evil. That’s the problem with Nigeria- the ‘serves them right because it does not affect me mentality’. Frankly I don’t expect you to sympathise with anyone who is crying, but don’t tell them how to cry. Don’t argue when they tell you someone who should be a president of all hates them.
      If in your heart you’re happy or gloating over the genocide going on because you’re not Igbo or because you once had a beef with one Igbo, you are evil. Don’t go about thinking you’re a nice person. No matter the number of charities you donate to, no matter the number of family and friends you have helped, irrespective of your position in your church choir, brethren, you are not different from Lucifer. The difference is that you probably don’t know that you’re evil.

  13. Bowl

    September 16, 2017 at 7:51 am

    @osh bebe ! What has the enormous human and mineral potential of the north contributed to Nigeria? Oh my confusion, it will contribute so much after we are gone.
    It just dawned on me that the minority Igbos are the only thread holding this confusion and injustice of a country together . The day the Igbos go , everybody will find their identity.
    Call the Igbos all the bad name you can muster !

  14. Bowl

    September 16, 2017 at 7:55 am

    And on your question of what Buhari stands to gain from persecution of the Igbos,I have answer . He is only pushing a foolish agenda by the north, America, Britain and the rest of Nigerians and the world to keep Black Africa from rising.

  15. Bowl

    September 16, 2017 at 7:57 am

    @osh bebe, call it persecution complex if you like

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