The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed an application by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) seeking to compel the Chief of Army staff to produce the missing leader of the group, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
Justice Binta Nyako also over-ruled the appeal for lack of merit and proof, that the chief of army staff was indeed the last person seen with Kanu.
Counsel to IPOB, Ifeanyi Ejiofor had prayed the court to order the Chief of Army staff to produce his client claiming that no member of Kanu’s family had seen or heard from him since September 14th, 2017.
Opposing the motion, however, the counsel to the Army, Mr. Akinlolu Kehinde, told the court that Kanu was not and had never been in the custody of the Nigerian army.
Ejiofor on October 17 during the trial told the court that he is looking for his client.
He said he had filed a suit asking the court to compel the Nigerian Army to produce the leader of IPOB alleging that his disappearance is unconnected with the invasion of his home by the Nigerian Army on September 11, 2017.
The Federal High Court in Abuja on 18th of January 27, 2018 rejected an application by the proscribed group, challenging the order banning it.
In a ruling by Justice Adamu Kafarati, the court held that the proscription order made ex-parte on September 20 last year was validly made.
The court also held that IPOB’s application, seeking the vacation of the proscription order was unmeritorious and deserved to be dismissed.
The judge awarded N500,000 cost against IPOB.
The South East Governors’ Forum had proscribed the activities of the IPOB in the wake of the group’s confrontation with the military in Abia state.
Arising from its emergency meeting in Enugu, Chairman of the forum, Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi requested the group and other of such groups to articulate their grievances and send to the forum.
Umahi appealed to all governors in the zone to ensure compliance with the directive in their various states and for the Federal Government to withdraw the troops in the zone.
Umahi said: “All activities of IPOB are, hereby, proscribed. IPOB and all other aggrieved groups are advised to articulate their position on all national issues.
“Such should be submitted to the committee of governors, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo and National Assembly members from the South East zone through the chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum,” he said.
The Presidency also issued proscribed the group which was challenged in court.
Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier endorsed the presidential order banning the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB).
The Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, had filed an exparte application urging the court to grant the injunction.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier given written approval for the proscription of the group, pending legal process.
Police, IPOB, MASSOB In Bloody Clash In Imo State
More than 20 operatives from Imo State Police Command on Friday clashed with members of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) at Orji in Owerri North Council Area of the state.
The incident, which took place in the morning hours at Orji between the Orji fly over and Ama wire, according to eyewitness, led to exchange of gunfire that led to some members of the two organisations sustaining serious injuries.
It was gathered the IPOB members were waiting at Orji/Okigwe road Owerri Imo State to receive the corpse of a member Onyekachukwu Uzoma from Mbaise, who died at Enugu, when they clashed with the operatives.
The witness said that passersby scampered for safety when gunshots were fired.
The situation forced security operatives to block the road, preventing human and vehicular moments in the area, The Nation reports.
Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Comrade Emma Powerful, confirmed the incident to the Nation.
He alleged the police shot at the members “when Imo IPOB family were waiting at Orji to receive the dead body of our member been conveyed from Enugu to Mbaise when they were shot by the police operatives with many of them sustaining injuries.
“The Nigeria and army and SARS started shooting suproadically at our IPOB members. Nigeria Army and Police have started once again pushing us to the wall.
“IPOB is not happy how Nigeria government are killing Biafrans and other Christians in Nigeria.
“We are warning Nigeria government and her security operatives to stop attacking IPOB because they will regret their actions soon.”
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, denied gun shots were fired.
He claimed the police were only trying to restore normalcy in the area.
According to him: “MASSOB members mounted road block and then Police was trying to restore normalcy.”
“They also attacked a team of policemen attached to Orji Division along Owerri/Okigwe Road by the Orji Flyover.
“The hoodlums while trying to dispossess the policemen of their service rifles also inflicted machete wounds on the policemen.
”However, the attack was successfully repelled with arrests made, while some others ran away with various degree of injuries.”
Nnamdi Kanu Finally Releases ‘Proof’ That ‘Shows’ Biafra Will Gain Independence In 2020
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reiterated that Biafra will gain independence in 2020 and he has finally released a proof to backup his claims.
The IPOB leader made this submission on Monday while reacting to the death of President Buhari’s associate, Ismaila Isa-Funtua.
Kanu sharing a photo of the late Isa-Funtua said all those that are against Biafra are slowly going down, and according to him it proves that Biafra will come in 2020.
“Another architect of Operation Python Dance is gone. Three down, two more to go.
All those that swore they would never live to see Biafra are all slowly leaving the stage. This proves that Biafra is imminent and 2020 is our year.”
VIDEO: “I’m A Very Powerful Man, I Can Decide Who Lives Or Dies” — Nnamdi Kanu Declares
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared himself a very powerful man.
Kanu in his recent broadcast on Radio Biafra said as the leader of IPOB who has over two million men under his command, he can decide who lives or dies.
The UK-based Biafra agitator who is reportedly in Germany presently, also boasted that he has the power to destroy anywhere he wants to have destroyed.
Watch the video below.
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