- A group, Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET), has demanded the immediate arrest of Nnamdi Kanu
- The group also support the proscription of IPOB by the south-east governors
- They also praised the Nigerian army for declaring IPOB a terrorist group
The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has backed the proscription of the the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its declaration by the Nigerian army as a terrorist organisation.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng, the group also demanded an immediate arrest of Nnamdi Kanu.
The group, at a conference in Abuja, also lauded the Nigerian military for taking the bold step and doing the needful by declaring IPOB as a terrorist group.
CESJET also commended the southeast governors for daring to proscribe IPOB even when they are daily blackmailed politically with threats of being labeled as traitors of their ethnicity.
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The group executive secretary, Comrade Ikpa Isaac, also called on the National Assembly, the presidency (executive) and the Judiciary to adopt a common front in dealing with the menace of IPOB as a terror group by taking all the steps expected of them.
The group's statement reads: "No room should be left for these terrorists to maneuver or manipulate the system to continue intimidating and threatening citizens.
"Since IPOB reportedly enjoyed massive financial, intellectual and political support from highly placed persons from the southeast, we proposed that the federal government delivers an amnesty package for those who funded or supported IPOB up until Friday September 15, 2017 to offer them the chance of distancing themselves from the terror group.
"Anyone subsequently found to be aiding and abetting the group should be treated in accordance with the Terrorism Prevention (Amended) Act 2013."
The group urged the state governors to act on the proscription of the IPOB by arresting members and supporters.
The statement further read: "We implore the governors to back the proscription order up with actions. They must immediately audit their cabinets to identify IPOB supporters and sympathizers in their folds since such people can sabotage them from inside.
"We however note that the governors did not prescribe any punishment for these terrorists for the evil they had brought upon the land in the last few years. There was neither any indication as to what would happen to anyone that continues to carry out activities under the name of IPOB.
"Furthermore, nothing was said of the other franchises that the terrorists use to operate, like the Biafra Zionists Movement. They did not talk about their sponsors and sources of funding.
"There was no mention of justice for the innocent Nigerians killed by these miscreants in the last few days. These are questions still begging for answers."
CESJET called on the southeast governors to be categorical in the terms of reference security agencies will act upon to enforce the proscription of the group.
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CESJECT said: "We also observed that there was no call for the immediate arrest of Nnamdi Kanu as the leader of IPOB terrorist group or any other person who goes out in the name of the group or its violent agitation. All these people, including the lawyer to Kanu, are accomplices that must be treated as such."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that IPOB on September 16 condemned the south east governor’s forum over its proscription of IPOB’s activities.
The IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, said the speed with which the governors announced the proscription of the group’s activities showed that the governors were disloyal.
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