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Proscription: IPOB Fights Back Over Terror Tag

The proscribed Indigeniuos People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside the ex-parte order that proscribed and declared it a terrorist organisation.

Its team of lawyers led by Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, in a motion it filed pursuant to Section 6(6) (1) of the 1999 constitution, as amended, maintained that the order which the Acting Chief Judge of the high court, Justice Abdul Kafarati granted to the Federal Government on Wednesday, “was made without jurisdiction”, adding that it was “granted against an entity unknown to law”.

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The high court had outlawed IPOB on the strength of an ex-parte motion the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN).

Mr Malami  had filed the motion on behalf of the government.

Specifically, Justice Kafafati declared as illegal, all activities of the group, particularly in the South East and South-South zones of the Nigeria, restraining “any person or group of persons from participating in any of the group’s activities”.

The Judge directed the AGF to ensure that it published the order prescribing IPOB in the official gazette, as well as in two national dailies.

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The proscription came after the federal government was accused of invading the South East with troops and engaging in extra-judicial killings in the region.

In a statement, the spokesman of the group, Emma Powerful, had earlier urged the National Assembly, the United Nations (UN) and others to investigate allegations of extra-judicial killings in the South East by personnel of the Operation Python Dance II.

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