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Court fixes date to rule on IPOB’s application against ban


Published: November 14, 2017 | 4:38 pm
Editor: Adigun Abiola, Africa.


A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed January 17, 2018, to decide if it will set aside the order of proscription against Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group.





IPOB had earlier asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to reverse its orders proscribing it and labelling it as a terrorist group.

In September 2017, IPOB made the request in a motion filed by its lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, before the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati.

The group made this application barely 48 hours after Justice Kafarati had granted an ex-parte application by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for the proscription of the group and its categorisation as a terrorist group.

IPOB had insisted that it is a non-violent movement, based its motion on 13 grounds one of which was that the court did not have the jurisdiction to proscribe the group as it is “an entity unknown to law.”

Justice Abdul Kafarati during the court sitting today, November 14, fixed the ruling for January 17, 2018, after listening to the counsel to IPOB, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor and the Solicitor General of the Federation, Mr Dayo Apata.

Ejiofor told the court that it is speculation and hearsay for the solicitor general to link IPOB to the seized arms at the Lagos port.

The Solicitor general said that prior to the arrival of the arms the IPOB leader had hosted a Turkish visitor and that all actions preceding the proscription pointed to the fact that the group had assumed the posture of a terrorist group.


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