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Nigeria Widens Terror Net: IPOB’s Ekpa Among 97 Declared Wanted

In a significant move, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has designated 97 individuals, including a prominent figure from the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Simon Ekpa, as wanted for terrorism, violent extremism, and secessionist activities.

The list, released on Friday, marks an expansion of the Nigerian government’s counterterrorism efforts and is likely to further strain relations with IPOB, which advocates for an independent Biafran State in south-eastern Nigeria. The Nigerian government considers IPOB a terrorist organization.

Ekpa, who resides in Finland, has been a vocal figure for a faction of IPOB.  He is accused of using online platforms to incite violence in Nigeria, particularly in the southeast, and of being behind the controversial “Monday sit-at-home” orders that have disrupted economic activity and led to clashes.

Ekpa’s name appeared prominently alongside other 21 persons from the Southeast and Northcentral regions facing accusations of banditry and insurgency. The Northeast had 33 persons while the Northwest had 43 persons.

This development comes amidst ongoing security challenges in Nigeria. The government faces pressure to address these issues, and the declaration of the 97 persons as wanted is likely to be seen as part of a broader strategy to combat threats to national security.

Ezinwanne Onwuka reports for TruthNigeria from Abuja.

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