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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Biafra: US Government says IPOB not terrorist organization

The United States Government has said it does not categorize the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation.

Last week, the Federal High Court in Abuja gave a judicial backing of the executive order of President Muhammadu Buhari, declaring the group as a “militant terrorist organisation” – declaring that the activities of the group constituted acts of terrorism.




The Federal Government also accused France and the United Kingdom of aiding IPOB activities.

In a correspondence with Sunday Punch, the spokesman for the American Embassy in Nigeria, Russell Brooks, also stated that the US was committed to Nigeria’s unity and would support a peaceful resolution of any crisis in the country.

“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy.

“Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances.

“The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organisation under US law,” he said.

The US embassy, however, declined to comment on whether the Federal Government had asked it to treat IPOB as a terrorist organisation and to block money sent to IPOB from the US.




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