Nigerian government has formally notified the governments of the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) of its decision to label Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra as a terrorist organisation.
An Abuja Federal High Court in Abuja on August 20, proscribed IPOB, following a motion filed by Justice Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the federation and minister.
The court had also ordered that the proscription be published in the Federal Government’s gazette which was done.
Meanwhile, both the US and UK had faulted the declaration, insisting that the group was not a terrorist organisation.
Speaking with Punch, on Wednesday, October 11, Malami said some foreign countries have been formally notified.
He disclosed that the federal government would be seeking a mutual legal assistance from the foreign governments to stop those funding the group and deal with IPOB members as terrorists.
The report states that the federal ministry of justice, through its central authority unit, had sent separate letters to all the foreign missions operating in Nigeria.
According to Malami, ”Just think of any embassy you know is operating in Nigeria, they have all been served.
”All we did was to send copies of the gazettes attached to the cover letters to notify them of the status of IPOB as far as Nigeria is concerned.
”Although the proscription widely reported in newspapers, has been published in the federal government’s gazette and advertised in newspapers as ordered by the court, we had to formalise it by notifying our foreign friends, I mean the foreign governments, which have embassies in Nigeria; and that was exactly what we did by sending copies of the gazette to them.”
Meanwhile, IPOB lashed out at Nnia Nwodo, the president-general of the Ohaneze Ndigbo saying he was planning to be vice president in 2019.