Buhari Returns to London for Medicals as DHQ Declares IPOB Terrorist Group

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President Mohammadu Buhari is expected to return to London for further medical checks. President Buhari recently returned from two-month medical vacation in London where he was treated for an undisclosed ailment. Media aides of the President had indicated that President Buhari would return for further checks as recommended by his doctors.
His trip coincides with a declaration of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation by the Defence Headquarters.
A statement by Presidential media aide, Femi Adesina, said Buhari would also attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. He would depart Abuja for New York on Sunday after which he is expected to return to London.
“President Buhari will transit through London on his way back to the country”, the statement said.
The statement did not state when he would be back to the country or how long he would stay in London.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by  Defence Headquarters said it had declared IPOB a terrorist organisation.
In a statement in Abuja on Friday, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, the Director, Defence Information (DDI), therefore, restated the commitment of the Armed Forces to confront “all security challenges facing the country.’’
Enenche also assured of the protection of lives and property in all parts of the country by the military.
He said that the group posed security challenge and had been metamorphosing from one stage to another.
“After due professional analysis and recent developments, it has become expedient to notify the general public that the claim by IPOB actors that the organisation is non-violent is not true.
“Hence, the need to bring to public awareness the true and current state of IPOB.
“In this regard, some of their actions, clandestinely and actively, that have been terrorising the general public include:
“The formation of a Biafra Secret Service, claimed formation of Biafra National Guard, unauthorised blocking of public access roads and extortion of money from innocent civilians at illegal road blocks.
“Militant possession and use of weapons (stones, molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles, among others) on a military patrol on Sept. 10, 2017.
“Physical confrontation of troops by Nnamdi Kanu and other actors at a check point on Sept. 11, 2017 and also attempt to snatch their rifles.
“Attack by IPOB members on a military check point on Sept. 12, 2017, at Isialangwa, where one IPOB actor attempted to snatch a female soldier’s rifle.’’


Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB members during a protest march

“From the foregoing, the Armed Forces of Nigeria wish to confirm to the general public that IPOB from all intent, plan and purpose as analysed, is a militant terrorist organisation,’’ the DDI said.

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