Here's why the Nigerian Army has tagged IPOB a terrorist group.
Led by Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB have been seeking secessions from Nigeria.
Kanu who was released on strict bail conditions have since flouted the terms for his release.
Inciting comments against President Muhammadu Buhari and its security apparatus are high points of Kanu’s recent activities.
According to the Nigerian Army, military deployment to the South East -- tagged Operation Python Dance II -- was to prevent security breach in the region.
Amidst criticisms of the activities of the Army in the area, the Nigerian military has branded IPOB a terrorist organization.
According to a statement by the Director for Defence Information, Maj.-Gen John Enenche, here are seven reasons why the Nigerian Army has placed the terrorist tag on IPOB.
I. The formation of a Biafra Secret Service: Like the Department of Security Service (DSS) the Biafra Security Service (BSS) is expecting to act as the primary intelligence gathering organisation for the "Republic of Biafra."
2. Claimed formation of Biafra National Guard: According to Kanu, the Biafra National Guard was established to restore Biafra which is the only thing that can guarantee security of our lives. The IPOB leader was reported to have said that the guard -- made up of able bodied young men -- was created to ensure the achievement of Biafra "by all means necessary including war and violence."
3. Unauthorised blocking of public access roads.
4. Extortion of money from innocent civilians at illegal road blocks: The IPOB has however debunked this claim. The IPOB accused the Nigerian Army and Police of extorting monies from members of the public.
5. Militant possession and use of weapons (stones, molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles among others) on a military patrol on 10 September 2017.
6. Physical confrontation of troops by Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB actors at a check point on 11 September 2017 and also attempts to snatch their rifles.
7. Attack by IPOB members, on a military check point on 12 September 2017, at Isialangwa, where one IPOB actor attempted to snatch a female soldier’s rifle.