Abuja – The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB as terrorist organisation.
The court in exparte order also declared illegal all activities of the organization just as it criminalize participation in such activities by individuals or groups in any part of Nigeria, especially the South East and South South regions.
Newly sworn in Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu Kafarati gave the order after hearing an exparte application filed and argued in chamber by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN.
By the exparte order, the court has given a judicial backing to the executive order of President Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing the IPOB.
Malami was accompanied to the court by Dayo Apata, the Solicitor General of the Federation, Mrs. Maimuna Shiru, Acting Director for Civil Litigation, T.A Gazali Esq and Oyin Koleosho, Esq.
The Acting Chief Judge granted all the reliefs on the motion paper as prayed by the AGF.
Malami had always been represented at events organised by the court, but was however in attendance at Tuesday’s valedictory session held in honour of Justice Ibrahim Auta, the immediate past CJ of the court.
The judge did not sit in the open court.
In the application obtained by Independent, the federal government prayed the Court for
*an order declaring that the activities of IPOB in any part of the country, especially in the south east and south south regions of Nigeria amount to terrorism and illegal.
*An order of the court proscribing the respondent (IPOB) in any part of Nigeria especially in the South East and South South, either in groups or individual by whatever name they are called and publishing same in a gazette and two national newspapers.
*An order restraining any person or group from participating in any manner whatsoever in any activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intent of the respondent (IPOB)or otherwise.
The application sworn to by CPL Kolawole Matthew of tje Nigerian Army was marked FEC/Abj/CS/871/2017 and dated 20th September.
Consequently, the court restrained “any person or group of persons from participating in any of the group’s activities.
Kafarati ordered the AGF to ensure the publication of the IPOB proscription order in the official gazette and two national newspapers.
Kafarati said: “That an order, declaring the activities of the respondent – Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) – in any part of Nigeria especially in the South-East and South-South regions of Nigeria amounts to acts of terrorism and illegality, is granted.
“That an order, proscribing the existence of the respondent (IPOB) in any part of Nigeria, especially in the South-east and South-South regions of Nigeria either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are called and publishing same in the official gazette and two national dailies, is granted.
“That an order, restraining any person or group of persons from participating in any manner whatsoever in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intention or otherwise of the respondent (IPOB) under any other name or platform however called or described, is granted.”
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Author: Tony Ezimakor, Paschal Njoku