The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) of the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), based in Australia, has clarified its position on the alleged ranking of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as the deadliest terrorist group in the world.
Recall that the media were awash with the news about the ranking of late, causing widespread stir and condemnation from many, with Kanu/IPOB’s special counsel, Barr Aloy Ejimakor, in a viral tweet, stating that the ranking was ‘false’. Authorities of IPOB also condemned the alleged ranking.
The clarification by GTI was contained in a release by Barr Ejimakor, which was made available to our correspodent in Awka on Monday.
Ejimakor stated that, “Many other persons known to me, especially in America, including particularly the American Military Veterans of Igbo Descent (AVID), which is based in America collaborated with me in formally protesting the alleged ranking to GTI branch office in New York, USA.
“What we sought was simply a clarification to the effect that there was no such ranking or that the GTI Report was misleading.”
He said in a reaction to ‘these formal protestations and the quantum public condemnations, the GTI (IEP) earlier today reconsidered and published a clarification that did not state, imply or even suggest indirectly that it ranked IPOB as the 10th terrorist group in the world’.
The GTI clarification, obtained by our correspodent, stated that, “It is important therefore to differentiate between the peaceful activities of the group and its alleged involvement in violent activity. We have today updated the Global Terrorism Index 2023 to reflect this necessary clarification.”
Ejimakor called for balancing of the reports to avoiding misleading the public.
According to him, “In the interest of balanced reporting and as of a right of reply, I hereby request all media outlets which had previously published the story of the ranking to also publish this press release. Same request is made to media outlets which might not have published it previously.”
He urged researchers to access the GTI (IEP) clarification on this subject via