The Nigerian Human Rights Community (NHRC) has insisted that it is not within the jurisdiction of the military to declare the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group.
In a statement by Micheal Ajayi and Sanusi Suleiman, the group’s executive secretary, and middle belt coordinator, NHRC said the military should have made its findings and submitted to the National Assembly for consideration.
“The ban on IPOB is likely to force the group underground.
“It has foreclosed the prospect of negotiation which is an essential element of democracy and free speech,” the statement read.
“We are not in a military regime. It is wrong for the military that should be under civilian authority to determine which organisation is a terrorist or not.