IPOB: Former Senate President, Ebute, Writes UN, Seeks Intervention

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By Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja

A former Senate President, Senator Ameh Ebute, has called on the United Nations through its organ, United Nations Security Council (UNSC), to invoke the suitable laws to intervene in an apparently smoldering crisis in Nigeria occasioned by the proscription of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation .

He stated that permitting the progression of this crisis to the level of explosion would be devastating and definitely affect peace and security on the African continent

Ebute, in a letter to the UN dated September 18, 2017, pointed out to the world body, which is currently sitting, that the Nigerian Defence headquarters has issued a proclamation which cited IPOB’s perpetration of acts like the formation of a Biafra Secret Service (BSS); advanced stages in the formation of Biafra National Guard (BNG); militants possession/use of weapons; physical confrontations and attempts to snatch military weapons from the military troops on patrol and unauthorised blockage of public access roads and extortion of money from hapless members of the general public as acts of terror.

He explained to the world body that the activities of IPOB has led to it being tagged a terrorists organisation by Nigeria, saying this is enough reason for the UN to act in order to identity and do the needful.

According to him, “It is therefore imperative for the UN through its organ of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to invoke the suitable laws to intervene in an apparently smoldering crisis in Nigeria. Permitting the progression of this crisis to the level of explosion would be devastating and definitely affect peace and security on the African continent as a whole and create humanitarian crisis of international dimension.”

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