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Buhari formally proscribes IPOB

President Muhammadu Buhari is reported to have signed a presidential proclamation to formally proscribe Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Reports also said that the Federal Government was also approaching the court to get a nod to nail IPOB over the group’s involvement in terrorist activities.

According to a national newspaper, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation confirmed the presidential declaration.

President Buhari was said to have signed the declaration on Sunday before his departure for the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

Buhari’s decision to sign the proclamation was a fallout of the sharp criticism that followed the declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian Army at the weekend and the group’s proscription by the South-east governors.

By the action of Buhari, the attorney general’s office explained that the presidency had effectively initiated the formal process of proscribing IPOB in accordance with the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011.

It also paved the way for the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) to head to court to give legal backing to the presidential proclamation.

Meanwhile, Senate President Bukola Saraki has joined the South East senators to denounce military action in the region, but the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Buratai has countered his stand.

Buratai said that the army was performing its constitutional responsibility.

But Saraki insisted that due process should have been followed before the declaration and proscription by the army and South-east governors respectively.

Meanwhile, five northern governors are currently on peace mission to the South South and South East following the tension generated by the activities of IPOB.

They have visited Rivers and Abia States, where they addressed Northerners, telling them to remain calm.

They were Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Aminu Masari (Katsina) and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi).

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu promised to defend Nigeria’s unity, despite the IPOB agitation.

While Governor Nysom Wike of Rivers State also vowed not to support the disintegration of Nigeria as well as the molestation, intimidation and harassment of any Nigerian and non-Nigerians resident in Rivers state. (NAN)

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 19th September 2017 at 9:35 am

    Only God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states has legitimacy over all pro-Biafra groups in Biafraland of the five south east states- ipob group inclusive. All pro-Biafra groups existence and activities in Biafraland of the five south east states remain legal. God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states, is the only Authority in Biafraland of the five south east states. The said court process of political poor northern bandits in the name of nigeria as regards ipob pro-Biafra group is mockery of illiterates of law, politics etc. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Isim U. Udoh 19th September 2017 at 9:53 am

    Who are you Ezekeil Okeke? What God given republic of Biafra are you talking about. When Kanu has ran away like his predecessor in Biafra in the time of civil war?

    Go to hell, no Biafra. Where is your border? How do you want a republic inside another country, when you are surrounded by another country, how do you want to cope?
    Forget Biafra and face better development.
    Think of how Igbo can be president in Nigeria and forget a republic inside an existing country.
    Think and use your head

  3. Ezekiel Okeke 19th September 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Political poor northern bandits in the name of nigeria are nobody in this 21st century world- do not have a say in this 21st century world. As I already said, God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states, is democratic decision of majority Igbos of the five south east states. Anyone supporting God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states, is supporting democracy, anyone sponsoring it, is sponsoring democracy, anyone fighting for it, is fighting for democracy, anyone defending it, is defending democracy. If political poor northern bandits in the name of nigeria knows Biafran countries of special relations etc., what would they do? What can they do? They have no power to do anything about it in this 21st century world. As I already said, God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states has the capabilities and capacity to annihilate the enemy in Biafraland in one night, if their bomb mistakenly drop on Biafran Soil in this BIAFRAN REVOLUTION WAR, their land will be buried with missiles. God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states Deadline with the political name nigeria, is October 1st 2017. God Is With Us!!!

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