The Nigerian military had declared IPOB a terrorist organisation on Friday, five days after soldiers were involved in a clash with supporters of the group at its leader Nnamdi Kanu’s home in Abia State.
Reasons given by the military for declaring the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist include.
* Formation of Biafra National Guard
* unauthorised blocking of public access roads.
* extortion of money from innocent civilians at illegal roadblocks.
*Use of weapons (stones, Molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles among others) on a military patrol on September 10, 2017.
IPOB debunked the allegations shortly after the declaration, insisting that it is a non-violent movement.
“IPOB is a non-violent movement,” Mr Emmanuel Kanu, the younger brother of IPOB leader who spoke on behalf of the group said.
“We do not carry arms; we’ve never asked anyone to kill for us neither have we killed anyone. If you look at our records, our records are clean and straight.”
Hours after, the South-East Governors Forum banned the activities of the group and asked it and other aggrieved groups in the region to compile their grievances and submit them to the Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and members of the National Assembly.
Although the Senate President disagreed with the declaration by the military and the action by the South-East governors, Because it’s unconstitutional.
Meanwhile he said the military and all those that have worked to ensure peace deserve commendation.