18 January 2018

Nigeria: Court Rules Today On Motion Seeking to Void Proscription of IPOB

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Abuja — The Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Abdu-Kafarati, will today deliver judgment in the suit seeking to void the proscription and declaration of Indegeniuos People of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist organisation.

IPOB, through its lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had approached the court challenging the ruling it delivered on September 20, 2017, which outlawed it on the strength of an ex-parte motion the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, filed on behalf of the government.

The court had in the said ruling, declared as illegal, all activities of IPOB, particularly in the South-East and South-South regions of the country.

The Acting CJ, who gave the ruling in chambers, further restrained "any person or group of persons from participating in any of the group's activities."

He directed the AGF to ensure that he published the order proscribing IPOB in the official gazette, as well as in two national dailies, an order FG had since complied with.

However, IPOB, in a motion it filed, maintained that the proscription order "was made without jurisdiction", adding that it was "granted against an entity unknown to law."

IPOB queried the legal validity of the order it said was surreptitiously obtained by the AGF.

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