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HURIWA begs FG to reverse IPOB proscription

HURIWA begs FG to reverse IPOB proscription

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Okwe Obi, Abuja 

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has begged President Muhammadu Buhari to lift the ban on the proscription of the Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB) as a terror group. 

In 2017, the Federal Government proscribed IPOB and was deemed a terrorist group. Then director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, in a statement, stated that IPOB had formed “a Biafra Secret Service; formation of Biafra National Guard; unauthorized blocking of public access roads; extortion of money from innocent civilians at illegal road blocks.”

But, National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, yesterday, said the tag was “absolutely untrue; spurious; unconstitutional and had demonstrated a plot to demonise the group only because the members are mostly Onwubiko the Igbo-speaking South East of Nigeria.”

Onwubiko urged the president to lift IPOB’s proscription as a terror group and also, make top-level security and national appointments in his second four year term reflect federal character principles.

He, also advised Buhari to present himself “as a statesman” and also “set free all political prisoners, including erstwhile national security adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd) and leader of the Shi’ites, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

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