The Federal Government has finally confirmed a ban on the separatist movement, Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob).
This time around, the federal government says it has obtained a court order permitting it to ban Ipob and label it a terror group.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to the leader of Ipob, Nnamdi Kanu, told the BBC they will challenge the government’s position in court.
Assuming the ban is upheld, what are the implications? The BBC’s Ishaq Khalid examines:
One is that it could pave the way for a full-scale military crackdown. This may lead to confrontations between members of Ipob and the security forces.
There could be mass arrests as well. Members of the group may be locked up and taken to courts under Nigeria’s anti-terrorism act.
Funding of the group is probably going to be closely monitored by the authorities and those behind it may have their assets frozen. They could even face terrorism-related charges which can lead to life imprisonment.
The government has said that all options to tackle the group are open. These include deployment of troops to the south-east and arrests.
Negotiations with Ipob have not been ruled out.
Analysts say the authorities should be careful about using military against Ipob, saying they should learn the lessons from the experience of the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in the north.
The group was not particularly violent until its first leader Muhammadu Yusuf was killed by the security forces in 2009. This angered the group and they armed themselves leading to devastating consequences.