The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are now listed as the 11th deadliest terrorist organization in the world, according to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), which has since retract its earlier claim.
According to the Institute for Economics and Peace’s (IEP) annual GTI report, Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB will be the tenth deadliest terrorist organization in the world by 2022.
In a statement posted on its website on Monday, GTI referred to IPOB as a pro-Biafra secessionist movement and not a terrorist organization.
It stated, “The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is a pro-Biafra secessionist movement based in Southeast Nigeria that seeks to establish an independent state of Biafra.
The Nigerian government declared IPOB to be a terrorist organization in 2017. With the help of its paramilitary wing, the Eastern Security Network (IPOB-ESN), IPOB has recently been implicated in a number of attacks. None of these assaults have been attributed to the group.
The group’s alleged involvement in violent activity must be distinguished from its pacifist activities, which is why it’s crucial to do so.
“To reflect this crucial clarification, we have today updated the Global Terrorism Index 2023.
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Kanu’s special counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, responded to the most recent report by claiming that the change was due to various protests and criticisms of the Institute for Economics and Peace’s classification of IPOB as a terrorist organization.
“The publications caused widespread uproar and condemnation from many, including my modest self, whereby I had made a viral tweet stating that the ranking was “false,” Ejikamor said.
In a statement he issued, Kanu’s attorney stated: “Many other persons known to me, particularly in America, worked with me in formally protesting the alleged ranking to GTI branch office in New York, USA, especially the American Military Veterans of Igbo Descent (AVID), which is blessed in America.
“All we wanted was a simple explanation that there was no such ranking or that the GTI Report was inaccurate. “.