Some attorneys in Nigeria have berated the Nigerian Military for declaring secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a “militant terrorist organisation”.
ALEDEH recalls that the Nigerian Military on Friday, September 15, declared the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a “militant terrorist organisation”.
The Defence Headquarters cited the formation of a Biafra Secret Service; Claimed formation of Biafra National Guard; Unauthorised blocking of public access roads; Extortion of money from innocent civilians at illegal road blocks by IPOB members as the reason for the decision.
In a statement issued by Major General, John Enenche, Director Defence Information and sent to ALEDEH on Friday, the military said the claim by IPOB actors that the organization is non violent is not true.
Major General Enenche noted that the Defence Headquarters is committed to handling all the security challenges in the Country, assuring all Nigerians of the protection of lives and property.
Apparently shocked by the declaration, some attorneys in the country have reacted to statement issued by Major General, John Enenche.
Ken Odidika, an attorney of law said: “What nonsense! Have they finally found an excuse to destroy Igboland and slaughter the people? Some of us are against the methods of Nnamdi Kanu. However, he has not been violent.
“Moreover, Nnamdi Kanu is not above the Law and there’s no need for extra judicial action. If he has committed an offence, he should be duly arrested. He is out on bail. If he has breached the terms of his bail, the court has the power to revoke the bail.
” Labeling IPOB a terrorist organisation is a subterfuge to deny them their rights in dealing with them and also use it as a guide to attack South Easterners”, Odidika added.
Lagos based attorney of law, Ikechukwu Ikeji: ” Nigeria! A rhapsody of official criminality”, Ikeji berated the statement credited to the Defence Headquarters.
On the other hand, Osadolor Solomon Isioma, an attorney of law asked: “If a man has 36 children & minority numbers of the children says ” they don’t want to answer their fathers name for the reason of obvious inequality “, is a show of coercion or force to bear such name , the way out?
“I’m pained with the handling methodologies of this Governmemt and these signs are not good for our democracy! A quick rethink to address the realities cannot be avoided!” Isioma added.
Meanwhile, Rtd. Group Capt. John Ojikutu says: “If the defence intelligence can piece all allegations together on Kanu then a case of terrorism may not be too difficult to prove on him”, Ojikutu added.