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U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by nwabobo: 3:13am On Sep 24
The United States Government has said it does not consider the Indigenous People of Biafra a terrorist organisation.

Last week, the Federal High Court in Abuja gave a judicial backing the executive order of President Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing the group and its activities in the country.

The court granted the order to proscribe the group on Wednesday.

It declared that the activities of the group constituted acts of terrorism.

The Federal Government also accused France and the United Kingdom of aiding IPOB activities.

The spokesman for the American Embassy in Nigeria, Russell Brooks, told SUNDAY PUNCHon Friday that the US government does not view IPOB as a terrorist group.

He said this in response to our correspondent’s email which asked if the United States sees IPOB as a terrorist organisation.

Brooks stated further that the US was committed to Nigeria’s unity and would support a peaceful resolution of any crisis in the country.

He said, “The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity.  Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy.

“Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances.  The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organisation under US law.”

The US embassy, however, declined to comment on whether the Federal Government had asked it to treat IPOB as a terrorist organisation and to block money sent to IPOB from the US.

Brooks also did not state the US’ position on the agitation for a Biafran state.

Speaking after the court judgment last week, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, said the Federal Government would proceed to gazette the order proscribing the group.

IPOB claims ownership of Radio Biafra

Meanwhile, IPOB in a statement on Saturday said that the Radio Biafra which is said to be based outside the country neither belonged to MASSOB nor its leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike.

IPOB, in a statement made available to one of our correspondents in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, explained that though MASSOB assisted in funding the radio station, the arrangement only lasted from April to July 2009.

The statement, signed by the Deputy Leader of IPOB, who is also the Deputy Director of Radio Biafra, Uche Mefor, noted that the station later went off-air and eventually shut down in December 2009.

It insisted that MASSOB, which has since transformed into Biafra Independence Movement, had nothing to do with Radio Biafra.

The statement added, “The entire humanity is hereby notified that MASSOB is not the owner of Radio BiafraRadio Biafra.

“Radio Biafra first operated as ‘Broadcasting Corporation of Biafra’ in the 1960s in the face of genocidal war of extermination propagated by the northern Nigerian military dictators who spearheaded their jihadism against the Biafrans.”

Also, MASSOB on Saturday called on the Federal Government to immediately release its members who were labelled supporters of IPOB, arrested and detained by security agents.

MASSOB said eight of its members were arrested by security agents on September 13, 2017, while they were on their way to Onitsha, Anambra State, to celebrate the group’s 18th anniversary.

Its National Director of Information, Mr. Sunday Okereafor, told SUNDAY PUNCH that security agencies should have known the difference between IPOB members and MASSOB followers.

Okereafor alleged that the MASSOB members were detained in Afara Prison in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

He added that his group had since its existence embraced non-violence as its method of agitation and wondered why police and soldiers would contemplate arresting and detaining them.

He listed the names of five of the eight arrested MASSOB members as Igwe Ndukwe, Onyebuchi Nmeregini, I. Ugonna, ThankGod Udeh and Ugwu Emeka.

He said, “We are calling on the Attorney General of the Federation and the Attorney General of Abia State to release them. They should leave MASSOB alone because MASSOB is not violent. Those arrested are not IPOB members. They are MASSOB members.’’

acArmy arrests 34 hoodlums, recovers 12 guns in S’East

The Nigerian Army said on Saturday that 34 suspected cult members, kidnappers and hoodlums had been arrested in the ongoing Operation Python Dance II during some raids carried out by troops.

The army noted that seven locally made pistols and five Dane guns were also recovered from the suspects.

SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that while 17 suspects were arrested in Obinze community in Imo State, seven were arrested in the Ukukwa North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Also, 10 suspected cult members were arrested during two operations on Awara and Assa communities in the Ohaji-Egbema LGA of Imo State.

The army added that another group of three kidnap suspects – identified as Arinze Ugiri, 39, Okezie Nwobolo, 30, and Michael Sunday, 24 – were arrested from a hideout in Abia State.

The suspects were reportedly handed over to the police after the initial questioning.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, and 82 Division spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, who confirmed the arrests in a release, said the “outlawed IPOB members and their sympathisers” were also checkmated from extorting money from traders and motorists in Aba, Abia State.



http://punchng.com/we-dont-see-ipob-as-terrorist-organisation-us/amp/

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by ngwaba(m): 3:18am On Sep 24
grin grin grin

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by elijahsinto(m): 3:18am On Sep 24
FTC Lalasticala... I go send my bank details. For ipob I go comment my reserve later.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by nwabobo: 3:23am On Sep 24
The Nigerian government just keeps making a mess of itself daily.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by istandfortruth: 3:36am On Sep 24
The Nigerian government was clearly in a hurry to label IPOB as a terrorrist organisation simply because it needs to justify its actions. If only the government will let go of nepotism (which is in itself a form of political corruption) and treat all Nigerians as equals the aggitations will cease. The Biafra aggitation isn't only a pull-driven one but also a push-driven aggitation, that's the reason why the aggitations increased in this administration. Just let go of nepotism and watch aggitations fizzle out.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by Aufbauh(m): 3:38am On Sep 24
Fake News everywhere! Afonja newspaper always carrying false news about Ipob. cheesy

But for we obodo naija hia IPOB is a terrorist group. Gbagan! QED!!!

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by nwabobo: 3:39am On Sep 24
Mazi Aufbauh who was deported from Deutschland is viewing with trepidation grin grin grin

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by Aufbauh(m): 3:45am On Sep 24
nwabobo:
Mazi Aufbauh who was deported from Deutschland is viewing with trepidation grin grin grin

This is my issue with you kids. You don't know when you insult or provokes an elder by violating nairaland's rules.

I'll forgive you because today is Sunday. Ask people who spam my mention with unruly comment, I don't pity them.

But you have to modify your comment or I'll do the needful.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by nwabobo: 3:46am On Sep 24
Aufbauh:


This is my issue with you kids. You don't know when you insult or provokes an elder by violating nairaland's rules.

I'll forgive you because today is Sunday. Ask people who spam my mention with unruly comment, I don't pity them.

But you have to modify your comment or I'll do the needful.

I do have evidence that Aufbauh was deported from Germany.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by MasterChen: 3:52am On Sep 24
nwabobo:
From an Afonja newspaper, very predictable. Lol that Nigerian intelligence is able to identify an account domiciled in France which France the host nation is not even aware of

The desperation of this government has gone on to another level.

You believe afonja newspaper now?

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by Ratello: 3:52am On Sep 24
nwabobo:


I do have evidence that Aufbauh was deported from Germany.
Make I dey observe you jejely as you speak on.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by Ratello: 3:54am On Sep 24
By 2019, Nigerian 15 million mumus and zombies that forced this useless government on us would looked back with regrets for taking innocent Nigerians into the dark age. This is the worst of the worst government to ever grace Africa.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by subtlemee(f): 3:54am On Sep 24
How can they be in US and see IPOB as being or not being a terrorist group? I don't blame them anyway he's not affecting them yet, maybe the federal government should allow it become a menace like boko haram so CNN can have news about Nigeria that's when they'll now SEE

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by freeze001(f): 3:55am On Sep 24
It's only useless charlatans in Nigeria from d executive to the judiciary that have some justification for the government approved rascality that has been in play in the last few weeks. Their timid zombie supporters aren't left out too.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by Aufbauh(m): 3:57am On Sep 24
MasterChen:


You believe afonja newspaper now?

IPOB miscreants and goal post shifting are like butter and bread. To them anyone or anything that supports their agitation whether na Lucifer or not all correct.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by nwabobo: 3:57am On Sep 24
MasterChen:


You believe afonja newspaper now?

I believe the US embassy spokesperson. This report is different as it named specific people unlike the other one from Tinubu's media firm which was beating about the bush.

This particular report is like reporting that the president of Nigeria is Muhammadu Buhari. That'd be an incontrovertible fact.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by sorom4: 3:58am On Sep 24
FG don dey shame me....

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by nwabobo: 4:00am On Sep 24
subtlemee:
How can they be in US and see IPOB as being or not being a terrorist group? I don't blame them anyway he's not affecting them yet, maybe the federal government should allow it become a menace like boko haram so CNN can have news about Nigeria that's when they'll now SEE

The law is not based on emotion or sentiments. How you equate IPOB to Boko Haram beats me though, an organisation that has remained peaceful even in the face of provocation?

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by MasterChen: 4:00am On Sep 24
nwabobo:


I believe the US embassy spokesperson. This report is different as bit named specific people unlike the other one from Tinubu's media firm which was beating about the bush.

This particular report is like reporting that the president of Nigeria is Muhammadu Buhari. That'd be an incontrovertible fact.

See Alinco trying to spin words. grin grin

Both were reported by Punch. You discredited the first one, but you're agreeing with this one cos it's in line with what you want to hear

Punch isn't even owned by Tinubu lol.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by sorom4: 4:01am On Sep 24
Stop acting like a child
Aufbauh:


This is my issue with you kids. You don't know when you insult or provokes an elder by violating nairaland's rules.

I'll forgive you because today is Sunday. Ask people who spam my mention with unruly comment, I don't pity them.

But you have to modify your comment or I'll do the needful.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by subtlemee(f): 4:03am On Sep 24
nwabobo:


The law is not based on emotion or sentiments. How you equate IPOB to Boko Haram bears me though, an organisation that has remained peaceful even in the face of provocation?

That's how all organisations starts...PEACEFUL till it gets out of hand

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by Nemesis1: 4:05am On Sep 24
They accuse certain people of sleepless nights but they themselves can't sleep in the bid to defend Ipob


Anyways, USA may not understand the logic behind the labeling or the nature of the people accused of being terrorists but I can tell for sure, even USA will not take that shyttt, Buhari held off for too long


And its funny LiePob miscreants no longer cite Catalonia these days as a reason for their right to referendum, last I heard government in Spain / Barcelona arrested 700 agitators , if Buhari had arrested these many fools in Nigeria UN and Trumps page will be full of spam cheesy grin

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by nwabobo: 4:09am On Sep 24
subtlemee:


That's how all organisations starts...PEACEFUL till it gets out of hand

As long as they've remained peaceful so far, there was no basis to label it a terrorist organisation. It's like jailing a stubborn child because he has the potential to become a criminal if he remains in the society.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by TheCabal: 4:09am On Sep 24
nwabobo:

What they want you to hear
The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organisation under US law.”

http://punchng.com/we-dont-see-ipob-as-terrorist-organisation-us/amp/

What they are doing
The US embassy, however, declined to comment on whether the Federal Government had asked it to treat IPOB as a terrorist organisation.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by nwabobo: 4:11am On Sep 24
MasterChen:


See Alinco trying to spin words. grin grin

Both were reported by Punch. You discredited the first one, but you're agreeing with this one cos it's in line with what you want to hear

Punch isn't even owned by Tinubu lol.

The former was reported by The Nation, Tinubu's propaganda mill.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by tit(f): 4:14am On Sep 24
subtlemee:


That's how all organisations starts...PEACEFUL till it gets out of hand

ok.
let us declare all organizations terrorists.
from market women association to muric to pfn.
because they will soon pick up arms.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by Cjrane2: 4:14am On Sep 24
Now watch Nigerian army suddenly begin "arresting" IPOB with Bombs, Ogbunigwe, North Korean rockets and heavy guns to frame them. grin grin grin grin grin grin grin

Yet it won't deceive anybody what the zoo and it's army does to cover their lies. grin grin grin grin

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by Blue3k(m): 4:26am On Sep 24
How do you tell difference between IPOB and MASSOB? Do they membership cards or something? Anyway we can assume Nigerian governments probably asked them to since the trying to clap down.

Its National Director of Information, Mr. Sunday Okereafor, told SUNDAY PUNCH that security agencies should have known the difference between IPOB members and MASSOB followers.
The US embassy, however, declined to comment on whether the Federal Government had asked it to treat IPOB as a terrorist organisation and to block money sent to IPOB from the US.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by abes(m): 4:33am On Sep 24
In Turkey, the US does not recognize the PKK as a terrorist organization. In Syria, the US does not recognize Al Nusra as a terrorist organization, In Palestine, Iran and Russia do not recognize 'Hezbolla' as a terrorist organization. The world does not start and end with USA.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by OjukwuWarBird: 4:47am On Sep 24
Sarrki, Tonyebarcanista, Madridguy Yyeske etc


Hope you guys now know that education doesn't mean wisdom.


We told you guys that Buhari has fallen into Kanu's trap but you guys doubted it.


Now declare US, a terrorist nation and send Python to dance in the US grin

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by Rawani: 4:47am On Sep 24
The headline is highly misleading and heavily mischievous.

nwabobo:

He said, “The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. 

“The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organisation under US law.


The above is pretty obvious, the law that is in operation where IPOB carries out its terrorist activities is Nigerian Law so nobody expected that U.S. law would view them as terrorists, until they begin attacking U.S. Military convoys and innocent people in America and with stones, bottles and sticks, setting up bonfires on American public roads, burning down American police stations, disarming American soldiers at checkpoints and blocking American roads while searching for innocent people to attack inside buses, and threatening to burn the USA down and bring back the head of President Trump, like Kanu and IPOB did recently in Abia before they were declared terrorists.

IPOB are bloody terrorists under Nigerian Law, and under any law where they perform their terrorist activities.

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Re: U.S Doesn’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – Russell Brooks by princeSammyz: 4:50am On Sep 24
IPOB is not a terrorist org under any law anywhere in the world! Even blood brotherhood is negotiable talk more of the unity of a nation. However, to me, Nigeria is better as one and the path to its continual existence as one should be sought on the negotiation table, and not by instruments of war. BIAFRA is like a hunger in the soul of the east, and force can only tame it but but for a moment.

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