President Buhari formally proscribes IPOB
President Muhammadu Buhari is reported to have signed a presidential proclamation to formally proscribe Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Reports also say that the federal government is also approaching the court to get a nod to nail IPOB over the group’s involvement in terrorist activities.
According to ThisDay, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation confirmed the presidential declaration.
Buhari was said to have signed the declaration on Sunday before his departure for the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
Buhari’s decision to sign the proclamation was a fallout of the sharp criticism that followed the declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian Army at the weekend and the group’s proscription by the South-east governors.
By the action of Buhari, the attorney general’s office explained that the presidency had effectively initiated the formal process of proscribing IPOB in accordance with the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011.
It also paved the way for the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) to head to court to give legal backing to the presidential proclamation.
Meanwhile, Senate President Bukola Saraki has joined the South East senators to denounce military action in the region, but the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Buratai countered.
Buratai said that the army was performing its constitutional responsibility..