The Late 5: Army declares IPOB a ‘terrorist organisation’; Buhari to visit London after UN meeting; and other top stories

Good evening.

Here are the top 5 stories that drove conversation today:

In the most recent development, the Defence Headquarters has labelled the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a “militant terrorist organisation.”

The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said the commitment of the Armed Forces to confront “all security challenges facing the country.’’

“After due professional analysis and recent developments, it has become expedient to notify the general public that the claim by IPOB actors that the organisation is non-violent is not true,” he said. “Hence, the need to bring to public awareness the true and current state of IPOB.”

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari will visit London after attending the United Nations General Assembly in the United States, as announced by the Presidency on Friday.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, said Buhari who would depart Abuja on Sunday for New York, to join other world leaders at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72), would return to Nigeria from London.

“The President Buhari will transit through London on his way back to the country,” he said.

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Two people have died and several injured as violence erupted in Plateau Thursday, according to the governor, Simon Lalong, while meeting with community and religious leaders.

He said, “[it] took us by surprise. I call on community and religious leaders to caution their wards at home as any culprit arrested would not go free as nobody is above the law”.

Meanwhile, the governor of Abia, Okezie Ikpeazu has further extended the curfew in Aba to Sunday.

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In LAUTECH, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has vowed not to resume as scheduled for today, Friday, according to reports.

The Secretary of the union Dr Toyin Abegunrin said in a statement, “Comrades, we believe that our members are fully informed and clear about the issues that led us into the crisis. None of the issues has been addressed and the Governing Council that promised to get back to us after their meeting with the Union but up till now we haven’t gotten any response from them.”

“In the light of the above, our strike is still in full force. The national body of our Union is fully briefed on the state of Things in LAUTECH and is on the same page with us. Let us remain resolute, we shall overcome. Dare to struggle, dare to win,” he added.

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The National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bolaji Abdullahi Friday, said the party has not asked the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan to resign.

Alhassan said in a video that went viral that she would support former Vice President Atiku Abubakar if he shows interest in the 2019 presidential race.

Abdullahi said the minister’s appearance at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja, on Thursday, was not on a summon.

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