Sunday, 17 September 2017

Ohanaeze faults Nigerian military, says IPOB not a terrorist organisation

IPOB Protesters: [Photo credit: Daily Post Nigeria]
The highest decision-making organ of the Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Imeobi Ohanaeze, has faulted the declaration of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist group by the Nigerian military.
The Imeobi 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.
The military had two days ago declared the pro-Biafran separatist group, IPOB, a terrorist organisation after clashes between security operatives and the IPOB members in Aba and Umuahia which led to many injuries.
The clashes followed the launch of operation python dance II by the Army in the South-east region.
The clashes also made the South-east governors proscribe the Nnamdi Kanu-led secessionist group on Friday. The governors meeting in Enugu was attended by the Ohanaeze and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
But the Imeobi in faulting the military’s declaration argued that the defence headquarters did not follow due process.
“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 communique said.