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US denies considering IPOB a terrorist group

The government of the United States has denied any consideration of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group, reports ITRealms.

The Sunday Punch quoted the spokesman for the American Embassy in Nigeria, Russell Brooks, as saying on Friday that the U.S. Government does not have the notion IPOB is a terrorist group.

As said by Brooks, in an e-mail response to Sunday Punch “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.”

Sunday Punch recollected that just “Last week, the Federal High Court in Abuja gave a judicial backing to the executive order of President Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing the group and its activities in the country.

“The court granted the order to proscribe the group on Wednesday. It declared that the activities of the group constituted acts of terrorism. The Federal Government also accused France and the United Kingdom of aiding IPOB activities.”

Meanwhile, France said they have no link with IPOB especially with regards to financing stronghold of the group.

ITRealms notes that IPOB is a registered organization in the United Kingdom.

                                                           
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