U.S. Institute apologises for ranking IPOB among world’s deadliest terror groups
The Institute for Economics and Peace has issued a statement acknowledging its mistake in categorizing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as the 10th deadliest terror group in the world in its Global Terrorism Index.
The report, which was released on March 15, claimed that IPOB was responsible for 40 attacks and 57 deaths in 2022.
However, the institute has now retracted its earlier report and referred to IPOB as a pro-Biafra secessionist movement rather than a terrorist group.
The institute clarified that it is important to differentiate between the peaceful activities of the group and its alleged involvement in violent activity.
The clarification was made following protests from IPOB and various Igbo support groups, which forced the Australian-based institute to reconsider its earlier report.
Aloy Ejimakor, counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed IPOB, has urged media houses that published the previous GTI report to also publish the retraction in the interest of balanced reporting.
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