The executive director of the school of public and international affairs at the University of Baltimore, Ivan Sheehan, is an American academic.
The Washington Times published a piece arguing why IPOB should be classified as a terrorist group by the US.
Sheehan said IPOB’s establishment of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) marked the end of the group’s “pretension to be a peaceful movement”.
IPOB leader accused of supporting terrorism and issuing threats through Radio Biafra.
IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is clearly unconcerned. The fact that he feels no need to even disguise his support for terrorism is troubling.”
In spite of IPOB’s principal aim of restoring a breakaway state of Biafra in the southeastern parts of Nigeria, Kanu’s rhetoric has become increasingly strident: “I do not want a peaceful actualization (of Biafra).”
“According to Kanu, through his Radio Biafra channel, he is sending threats, instructions, and propaganda into Nigeria from the safety of London; “If they don’t (give us Biafra), they will die.”.
Mr. Kanu does not make idle threats. The reveal in December of IPOB’s 50,000 strong-armed paramilitary wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), complete with a Swastika-style flag, ended any pretense of being peaceful.
Since then, violent attacks on both security personnel and civilians have surged by 59%, with a 344% increase in deaths,” he wrote.
According to Sheeran, labeling IPOB as a terror group would “hit IPOB’s wallet hard”, and if done, no organisation that uses the US dollar could conduct legal transactions with IPOB.
By cutting off IPOB’s funding, we will allow Nigeria’s security forces to focus on fighting ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram.” “If the designation is applied, no organization that uses U.S. dollar would be able to legally transact with IPOB.
The U.S. has worked closely with West African governments in order to counter terrorist attacks against Boko Haram for years, he said.
Nnamdi Kanu, the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has a string of problems compounding one upon another.
Following his arrest in Kenya in June, Kanu is currently in the custody of Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS).
His treason trial, however, will not end his troubles as international forces have now joined calls for the proscription of his group.
IPOB had been declared a terrorist group by the Federal Government in 2017.