Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters Issues Wanted List for 97 Individuals Linked to Terrorism

In a critical move to combat terrorism and ensure national security, Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters has publicly declared 97 individuals wanted for their alleged involvement in terrorism, violent extremism, and secessionist activities. The announcement, made on March 23, 2024, has underscored the government’s intensified efforts to disrupt the networks that threaten the peace and stability of the nation.

The list includes a diverse group of individuals from various regions, with the most prominent being Simon Ekpa, a factional leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Ekpa is known for his role in declaring the controversial Monday sit-at-home orders in the South-East zone. The military authorities have not placed any bounty on the wanted persons but have called on citizens to provide any information that could lead to their apprehension.

The breakdown of the wanted individuals is as follows:

North-West Zone: 43 individuals, including notorious bandits and terrorists such as Alhaji Shingi and Bello Turji.

North-East Zone: 33 individuals, with terrorist commanders like Abu Zaida and Modu Sulum.

North-Central and South-East: 21 insurgents, militants, and violent criminals, including the aforementioned Simon Ekpa.

Major General Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, confirmed the names and pictures of the individuals during a press briefing. “The fight against terrorism is not just a battle for the armed forces but a collective responsibility of all Nigerians. We urge the public to assist us with credible information that will lead to the arrest of these individuals,” he stated. The Defence Headquarters has emphasized that this action is part of a broader strategy to address the root causes of terrorism and safeguard the nation’s security and stability.

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