The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed an software by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) searching for to compel the Chief of Army workers to supply the lacking chief of the group, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
Justice Binta Nyako additionally over-ruled the enchantment for lack of advantage and proof, that the chief of military workers was certainly the final particular person seen with Kanu.
Counsel to IPOB, Ifeanyi Ejiofor had prayed the courtroom to order the Chief of Army workers to supply his shopper claiming that no member of Kanu’s household had seen or heard from him since September 14th, 2017.
Opposing the movement, nonetheless, the counsel to the Army, Mr. Akinlolu Kehinde, advised the courtroom that Kanu was not and had by no means been within the custody of the Nigerian military.
Ejiofor on October 17 in the course of the trial advised the courtroom that he’s in search of his shopper.
He stated he had filed a swimsuit asking the courtroom to compel the Nigerian Army to supply the chief of IPOB alleging that his disappearance is unconnected with the invasion of his house by the Nigerian Army on September 11, 2017.
The Federal High Court in Abuja on 18th of January 27, 2018 rejected an software by the proscribed group, difficult the order banning it.
In a ruling by Justice Adamu Kafarati, the courtroom held that the proscription order made ex-parte on September 20 final 12 months was validly made.
The courtroom additionally held that IPOB’s software, searching for the holiday of the proscription order was unmeritorious and deserved to be dismissed.
The choose awarded N500,000 price in opposition to IPOB.
The South East Governors’ Forum had proscribed the actions of the IPOB within the wake of the group’s confrontation with the army in Abia state.
Arising from its emergency assembly in Enugu, Chairman of the discussion board, Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi requested the group and different of such teams to articulate their grievances and ship to the discussion board.
Umahi appealed to all governors within the zone to make sure compliance with the directive of their varied states and for the Federal Government to withdraw the troops within the zone.
Umahi stated: “All actions of IPOB are, hereby, proscribed. IPOB and all different aggrieved teams are suggested to articulate their place on all nationwide points.
“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 stated.
The Presidency additionally issued proscribed the group which was challenged in courtroom.
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 software urging the courtroom to grant the injunction.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier given written approval for the proscription of the group, pending authorized course of.