Southeast Governors And Ohanaeze Proscribed IPOB - Nnamdi Kanu
Political activist and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement, Nnamdi Kanu (L), wearing a Jewish prayer shawl, poses in the garden of his house in Umuahia, southeast Nigeria, on May 26, 2017, before the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the war on May 30.
The war was triggered when the Igbo people, the main ethnic group in the southeast, declared an independent breakaway state, the Republic of Biafra. / AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

The self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, says governors from the Southeast region and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria, proscribed the separatist group.

Concise News reports that the IPOB leader, who resurfaced in Jerusalem, Israel October 19, addressed ‘Biafrans’ last Sunday, speaking on Ayodele Fayose, his bail conditions, his return to Nigeria and more.

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In the first broadcast via Radio Biafra, Kanu boasted: “I promised the Zoo that I will be coming to Biafra and I came. I do not recognise the court of the Zoo. I want the people of the Middle Belt to rise and join IPO.”

Addressing “Biafrans” again for the second time on Saturday in a live broadcast via radio Biafra, Kanu said southeast governors and Ohanaeze Ndigbo proscribed IPOB in duress.

The pro-Biafra activist said: “Southeast governors and Ohanaeze proscribed IPOB under pressure,” the pro-Biafra activist said.

Concise News reports that the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja in September 2017, gave a judicial backing to the executive order of President Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing the IPOB and its activities in every part of Nigeria.

The Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, granted the order proscribing the group on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

It declared that the activities of the group constituted an act of terrorism and illegality.

A copy of the court’s enrolled order declared that the activities of the group in any part of Nigeria, especially in the South -East and South-South regions of Nigeria “amount to acts of terrorism and illegality”.

The order read, “That the application is granted as prayed.

“That an order declaring that the activities of the respondent (Indigenous People of Biafra) in any part of Nigeria, especially in the South-East and South-South regions of Nigeria, amount to acts of terrorism and illegality is granted.

“That an order proscribing the existence of the respondent (Indigenous People of Biafra), in any part of Nigeria, especially in the South-East and South-South regions of Nigeria, either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are called and publishing same in the official gazette and two national dailies, is granted,” it added.