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.
BREAKING: Nnamdi Kanu To Storm Parents Burial February 14
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has announced his plan to attend the burial of his parents slated for February 14, 2020.
Kanu who spoke through IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful said the burial would follow the normal burial preparation, according to the custom of the land.
He however refused to disclose the security arrangements put in place for the burial in view of its sensitivity.
He said, “The burial of our leader’s parents burial will be 14th of February 2020.
“We are not going to disclose our security arrangements because they are much enemies who wish to destroy or destabilize every effort made for the successful burial of the father and mother of our leader
“IPOB is on ground and nothing will change our resolve to protect the environment.”
Kanu stressed the resolve of the group to maintain peaceful approach to their struggle for the actualization of Biafra republic.
“We are peaceful and will maintain it to last point. But nobody should try IPOB,” he insisted.
The IPOB leader lost his father Eze Israel Kanu, four months after his mother, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, also died.
Eze Kanu was the traditional ruler of Afara Ukwu Umuahia community till his death.
Amotekun: I’ll Support Yorubas With 1 Million Men To Stop Fulani Caliphate — Nnamdi Kanu
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has commended Southwest governors for setting up the Western Nigeria Security Network known as Amotekun.
Kanu assured that IPOB members were ready to support Operation Amotekun with all their might.
Speaking on Wednesday night during a live broadcast on Radio Biafra, Kanu said he was ready to support the Southwest security outfit with one million men to stop what he described as the “expansion of Fulani caliphate”.
“The final and definitive stance of the Biafran people is that IPOB will support Operation Amotekun with all our might.
“Regardless of the history of politics of treachery that may have existed between the East and the West in the past, our leaders have sworn to work with this generation of Yoruba leadership with the likes of Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Yinka Odumakin, Femi Fani-Kayode and Omoleye Sowore at the helm.
“I will support this generation of Yorubas that setup AMOTEKUN. IPOB will work with them. If they want one million men, I will give them to make sure the Fulani Caliphate murderous expansionism is stopped. We will support the Yorubas in all forms and by every means necessary. To hell with the Fulanis.
‘IPOB will back AMOTEKUN Security Outfit. AMOTEKUN is not going anywhere. They are here to stay and IPOB will support them’.
JUST IN: Nnamdi Kanu’s Parents To Be Buried On Valentines Day
Late HRH Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife late Ugoeze Sally Nmeme Okwu-Kanu, the parents of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, will be buried on valentines day, Friday, February 14, 2020.
This was disclosed by Prince Emmanuel Okwu Kanu, the youngest son of late His Royal Majesty, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu.
Addressing IPOB members from Isiala Ngwa local governments who paid the family a condolence visit on Monday, Prince Kanu said that the death of his parents proves that Biafra has come.
“Death is a natural phenomenon awaiting every living thing, my father use to tell me same thing while he was still alive.
”However, everyone of us must have it in mind that this is the last sacrifice. After the deaths of my parents, so many things began to happen. Things that were difficult initially became so easy.
“In all, I am praying to our fallen heroes and heroines to join forces with my parents towards the struggle, while we that are living do same.
“Biafra has come, because, after the death of my mom, I had that conviction then followed my dad. Then I knew that it is complete, because I can attest to the fact that there have been alot of improvements in the struggle since their deaths.
“Their burial date has been fixed, and it’s on 14th February. We had it captioned ‘Saints Kanu, The Lovers Burial’. Prince Emmanuel concluded.