IPOB remains proscribed; this statement issued by Secretary to the state Government,
Dr. Kenneth Ugbala and the State Commissioner for Information and State Orientation,
Kenneth Uhuo in Abakaliki, the state capital.
The statement reads ”the attention of the general public is hereby drawn to a
federal high court order, which proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB)
since September, 2017 and classified it as a terrorist organization in Nigeria.
“By that order, the IPOB has become an unlawful organization, and all its activities
become criminal within the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act of 2011.
“Members of the public are therefore warned that any participation in the activities
of the organization, under whatever guise has become an offence punishable under
various laws of the country. As a responsible
government committed to maintaining law and order, the state government is not going
to allow IPOB to endanger lives and property of their citizens,
by organizing any form of activity in the state.
“Any individual or group that has any genuine reason to agitate should do so through
the platforms of the South East Governors Forum, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and through
other legitimate means within the Nigerian federation.
“The Ebonyi state government reiterates its belief that constructive engagement
with the federal government shall gradually address all grievances of the Igbos in Nigeria.
“Traditional rulers and Town Union leaders should be vigilant, and not hesitate to report to
security agencies every suspicious movement in their domains”.