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General News of Thursday, 16 March 2023


IPOB ranked 10th in top 20 world’s deadliest terrorist groups


The 2023 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report has listed the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) among the 20 deadliest terrorist groups in the world.

The GTI report which is produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace tracks terrorism incidents across the world.

The latest edition which was released on Tuesday, March 14, placed IPOB in the 10th position among the deadliest terror groups in the world.

IPOB recorded deadliest year in 2022 - GTI

According to the 2023 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report, IPOB recorded its highest number of attacks and deaths in 2022.

“The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), designated as a terrorist group by the Nigerian government in 2017, recorded their deadliest year in 2022. They were responsible for 40 attacks and 57 deaths in 2022, an increase from 26 attacks and 34 deaths the year prior,” the report said.

IPOB is leading the agitation for the independent state of Biafra, which it wants to be carved out of the Igbo-speaking south-east region and some parts of South-south Nigeria.

Its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) and is facing charges bordering on terrorism and treasonable felony.