Breaking: S’East Governors Proscribe IPOB

Following the Nigerian Army labelling the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Friday, as terrorist organisation, the South-East Governors’ Forum, also took a hard stand by proscribing the pro- Biafra group.
At the end of a meeting in Enugu on Friday evening, the forum banned the activities of the group in the five states in the zone.
The meeting was attended by Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu, Dave Umahi, Ebonyi, Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia, and Willie Obiano, Anambra. Imo State was represented by Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere.
The meeting, which lasted several hours, also had the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and the General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Enugu, Gen. Adamu Abubakar, in attendance.
Reading a communique after the meeting, Chairman of the South-East Governors’Forum, Umahi said, “All activities of IPOB are hereby proscribed.
“IPOB and all other aggrieved groups are advised to articulate their position on all national issues and submit to the Committee of Governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly members from South-East Zone, through the Chairman, South-East Governors Forum.”
The Ebonyi Governor said that the forum believed in the unity and indivisibility of the country and reinforced their desire for the restructuring of the country.
“We reinforce our desire for the restructuring of Nigeria where all national issues will be discussed and amicably settled to achieve justice and fairness to every Nigerian.
“Accordingly, we appeal to President Muhammad Buhari to, please, withdraw the military in the South East zone, while police perform their traditional role of maintaining law and order,” he said.
Umahi said that the forum was in touch with their Northern counterparts “who have assured us of the safety of our people living in the North and we have also planned for exchange of visits to reinforce confidence.
“We wish to assure Nigerians that full investigation is ongoing on all allegations of killings, maiming and other unlawful conduct in the zone within this period,” he said.
Umahi said that Governors in the zone had taken adequate measures to protect the lives and property of indigenes and non-indigenes and urged Northern Governors to do same in their respective states.
“We advise all residents of the zone to go about their normal businesses as governments of each state is committed to protecting everybody,“ he said.
The Governor said that all those invited for the meeting were present except the leadership of IPOB that sent in their apologies.
There has been a stand off between the military and the group since beginning of the week that resulted in deaths and destruction of properties.
Soldiers of the Nigerian Army invaded the country home of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB in Afaraukwu, Umuahia, Abia State first on Sunday evening.
The soldiers came back to the community on Tuesday barely 48 hours after the first coming on Sunday evening, which left three people injured.
This is as thousands of IPOB members in tippers, buses and other cars are moved from different South-East states to Kanu’s home.
Reports said the soldiers returned Tuesday with about 10 Armoured Carrier Vehicles and seven Hilux vans filled with soldiers.
The development has caused panic in the area, forcing shop owners to close immediately.
But a statement signed by Major Gbadamosi, said that was not the true position of things.
He said: “The attention of 14 Brigade Nigerian Army, has been drawn to fictitious news going round especially on the social media that troops have invaded the home of Nnamdi Kanu and killed three persons.
“This is far from the truth. Rather, it was a group of suspected IPOB militants that blocked the road against troops of 145 Battalion while on show of force along FMC-World Bank Road in Umuahia town, Abia State at about 6.00-6.30pm, today (Tuesday).
“They insisted that the military vehicles would not pass and started pelting the soldiers with stones and broken bottles to the point of injuring an innocent female passerby and a soldier, Corporal Kolawole Mathew.
“The troops fired warning shots in the air and the hoodlums dispersed. No life was lost.
“Therefore, the public are kindly enjoined to disregard the rumours going round and the fictitious photographs of purported victims of attack.
“Both the soldier and the innocent female passerby have been evacuated to the unit’s Medical Inspection Room and are receiving treatment.
“We would like to use this opportunity to warn mischief makers threatening the peace and security of the country through falsehood such as above. Members of the public are please requested to go about their lawful business and report any suspicious activity to the nearest police station or security,” he added.
In a confrontation on Thursday, Kanu’s home was ransacked and in the process four people reportedly died while Kanu’s whereabouts are unknown.
Suspected members of IPOB were alleged to have set ablaze a police station in Ariaria, destroyed a mosque in Umuahia, all in Abia, and killed a police sergeant in Oyibo, Rivers State.

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