Nigerian Government Declares 97 Persons Wanted for Terrorism, Including IPOB Factional Leader

The Defence Headquarters of Nigeria has taken a significant step in its fight against terrorism, violent extremism, and secessionist threats by declaring 97 individuals wanted for their alleged involvement in these activities. Among those listed is Simon Ekpa, a factional leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Major General Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, confirmed the announcement in Abuja on Friday evening. The list includes individuals from various zones across the country, reflecting the widespread nature of the security challenges facing Nigeria.

In the North West region, which has been grappling with banditry and kidnapping, 43 individuals have been declared wanted. Some of the prominent figures on this list include Alhaji Shingi, Malindi Yakubu, Boka, and Dogo Gide, among others.

The North East, plagued by the activities of Boko Haram and the Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP), has 33 individuals listed as wanted. These include known terrorist commanders such as Abu Zaida, Modu Sulum, and Baba Data.

In addition, 21 individuals from the North Central and South East regions, comprising insurgents, militants, and violent criminals, have been declared wanted. Notably, Simon Ekpa, a prominent figure associated with the IPOB, is among those listed in the South East category.

The declaration of these individuals as wanted does not come with any bounty, according to military authorities. However, it underscores the government’s commitment to addressing security threats across the nation and bringing perpetrators to justice.

The move to designate IPOB as a terrorist organization has been met with mixed reactions, with supporters of the group decrying what they perceive as government overreach. However, the government maintains that such measures are necessary to safeguard national security and stability.

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