The president is reported to have signed a presidential proclamation to formally proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Reports suggest the Federal Government is also approaching the court to get a nod to nail IPOB over the group’s involvement in terrorist activities.

According to a national newspaper, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation confirmed the presidential declaration.

President Buhari was said to have signed the declaration on Sunday before leaving for the 72nd UNGA in New York.

Buhari’s decision to sign the proclamation was a fallout of the sharp criticism that followed the declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian Army at the weekend and the group's proscription by the South-east governors.

By the action of Buhari, the attorney general’s office explained that the presidency had effectively initiated the formal process of proscribing IPOB in accordance with the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011.

It also paved the way for the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami to head to court to give legal backing to the presidential proclamation.

On Monday, the military has come under severe criticism for the declaration. Though the Chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, said the DHQ only made a pronouncement and not a declaration.

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