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Western nations ignored FG over IPOB, Kanu before Twitter ban – Official

By Chijioke Okoronkwo As the confrontation between the federal government and Twitter persists, there are indications that some Western countries have already received an official designation of the activities of the IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu , as terrorists.

A senior federal government official, who made the disclosure, said the government, which handed down the petition nearly two months ago, was surprised when a number of these Western diplomats released a statement over the weekend. -end on the ban on Twitter.

The source said the statement completely ignored the violence instigated by Kanu, a concern the president’s deleted tweet sought to address.

He said that this information regarding the level of violence Kanu had instigated and with which he directly engaged “are details that many Abuja-based diplomats have already learned on the basis of an official communication from the Nigerian government. “.

According to the source, details of the federal government’s communication to some diplomatic missions in Western countries are now starting to emerge, including a clear designation of the group as terrorist.

The communication also contains a formal demand that the international community should treat IPOB and its leaders as criminals and terrorists like other known terrorist organizations around the world.

The source said that the federal government in this communication explained to some embassies in Western countries that “the Nigerian National Assembly, like almost all parliaments in the world, has already passed a law to combat terrorism and violent extremism. in the country, namely; the law on terrorism (prevention).

“Within this legal framework, the Nigerian authorities had requested and obtained a court order declaring and proscribing IPOB as a terrorist organization (Order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Nigeria in FILE NO: FHC / ABJ / CS / 871/2017 – ADVOCATE GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION V. IPOB dated September 20, 2017), whose decree was therefore published in the Official Gazette of the Federal Government of Nigeria No. 99 Vol. 104 as Terrorism (Prevention) (Prohibition Order) Opinion 2017.

This therefore makes IPOB a terrorist organization and following the 2017 prohibition order of the Federal High Court, IPOB filed an appeal (APPEAL N °: CA / ABJ / 214/2018 – IPOB V. ATTORNEY GENERAL DE LA FEDERATION) which is currently pending before the Abuja Court of Appeal, Nigeria.

“The implication of the provisions of the Nigerian Terrorism Prevention Act on the issue under consideration is that IPOB is an illegal organization.

“Anyone who fraternizes or supports the organization undermines Nigeria’s criminal law while posing a threat to its national security and sovereignty.

”It must be said that there are several groups in Nigeria that advocate restructuring the country or even call for secession, but they operate unhindered as long as it is within the limits of the law.

“It is important to stress that IPOB has been declared a terrorist organization on the basis of proven acts of terrorism.

Taking stock of the number of attacks, the source said that “in less than four months (January to April) this year, IPOB has committed more than fifty-five (55) acts of violence in various regions from Nigeria, killing dozens of people. and destroying many properties.

The senior government official also revealed that “Mr. Kanu continues to broadcast online from his base in some western towns and continues to give a series of instructions to his militia and other members of the organization. prohibited, on acts of violence to be committed in the territory. from Nigeria.

Likewise, the source noted that “members of the banned organization, in accordance with these instructions, have stepped up their attacks against the specified targets.

It has now become the model for its operations – Nnamdi Kanu issues instructions (from a city in the Western world) and members of the illegal organization carry out those instructions in Nigeria.

“For example, a day after Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State confirmed to reporters that Nnamdi Kanu ordered members of the group to kill him and other governors in the Southeast, orders that were repeated on Radio Biafra, the private residence of Imo State. Governor Hope Uzodimma in her hometown of Omuma in the Oru East local government area in Imo state was attacked and set on fire and two of the security officers attached to the house were killed The source said.

The Federal Government communication further stated that “Nnamdi Kanu intentionally seeks to manipulate the international community by pretending to campaign for secession, while actively working to destabilize the Nigerian nation through violence”.

The source further pointed out that “on April 22, 2021, Nnamdi Kanu called on his militia and other IPOB members to end all democratic processes in Anambra State; and capture, kill and behead all those he described as “apes”.

According to the source, “a major lesson to be learned from history is that it is important to nip the activities of violent militias and terrorist groups in the bud. “

He added that “It should also be noted that a private for-profit entity like Facebook has blocked Nnamdi Kanu, the head of the IPOB, out of his platform for breaking its rules on prejudice and speech. of hate.

“It should be categorically stated that the government of Nigeria should take every opportunity to register its strong objection to the falsity and misrepresentation of the conditions in Nigeria, which sought to justify IPOB’s violent acts under the guise of combating the regional marginalization. (NAA)

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