ABAKALIKI – Ebonyi State government on Monday said it will no longer tolerate the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the state.
The government, therefore, warned citizens of the state against identifying and associating with the group, maintaining that IPOB remained proscribed in the country. Ebonyi State government, therefore, banned the group from holding or organising any activity in the state.
Daily INDEPENDENT reported that members of the group had some weeks ago organised a protest in Abakaliki against the already suspended proposed RUGA settlement for herdsmen and other policies of the Federal Government.
This was made known through a statement jointly issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Kenneth Ugbala and the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Kenneth Uhuo in Abakaliki, the state capital.
The government advised parents and guardians not to allow their children and wards to engage in any unauthorised gatherings, as according to it, security agencies have been mobilised to deal with any individual or group found to be involved in any unlawful gathering in the state.
It noted that constructive engagement with the Federal Government will address all grievances of the Igbo in the country.
According to the statement, any individual or group that has any genuine reason to agitate should do so through the platforms of the South East Governors Forum, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other legitimate means within the country.
The statement reads “the attention of the general public is hereby drawn to a Federal High Court order, which proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) since September 2017 and classified it as a terrorist organisation in Nigeria.
“By that order, the IPOB has become an unlawful organisation, and all its activities have become criminal within the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act of 2011.”