By Aaron Ossai
As confusion continue to trail Nigerian Army’s controversial “Operation Python Dance” in the South Eastern Nigeria; Defence Headquarters has tagged the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB as a terrorist group.
It would be recalled that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB led by Nnamdi Kano had clashed with soldiers deployed to the south east for the “Operation Python Dance” at several locations in Aba and Umuahia in Abia state which has claimed lives and property.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the Director, Defence information, Major General John Enenche said the Indigenous 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.
He said 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 and 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 and 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”, he explained.
Speaking further, Enenche stated that from the foregoing, the Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to confirm to the general public that IPOB from all intent, plan and purpose as analysed, is a militant terrorist organisation.
He therefore appealed to parents and particularly unsuspecting residents of the South East and other Nigerians to advice their wards to desist from joining the group.
“The Defence Headquarters restates its commitment to handling all the security challenges in the country and further assures all Nigerians of the protection of lives and property”, he added.