The presidency has described members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as terrorists.
The presidency in a statement on Sunday signed by the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu said the group and its members are responsible for acts of terrorism in the southeast region of the country.
It blamed them for the attacks on police stations and other residents in the region, adding that the group is only hiding under the umbrella of struggling for freedom to perpetrate its acts of terrorism.
Shehu also added that some foreign media organizations, as well as politicians, have been hoodwinked into believing IPOB are only agitators demanding a sovereign Biafra.
“Then, further afield in the South-east, IPOB are not struggling for freedom when they attack police stations and property, but rather committing acts of terrorism in order to steal money.
“IPOB is not defending Christians – as their highly-paid foreign lobbyists claim – when almost every citizen of those states they terrorize is uniformly Christian. Yet mistakenly, and because the lobbyists for IPOB have duped them, some misguided foreign media and politicians believe so,” the statement from the presidency observed.
Meanwhile, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State has commiserated with indigenes of the state that have lost someone or had their properties destroyed.
Naija News reports that the governor stated this during s State broadcast on Monday morning by 6.30 am.
Governor Lalong disclosed that he has directed his government to pay bills of affected persons.
The governor stated that the curfew imposed on Jos North has been relaxed from 6pm to 6am, while Jos South and Bassa are to be from 10pm to 6am.
According to the governor, the adjusted dates will take effect from today Monday, 30th of August, 2021.