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Monday, 23 October 2017

Biafra: IPOB Proscription; Judge Runs Away After Issuing Proscription Order












By Chukwuemeka Chimerue, Reporting From Abuja || For Biafra Writers

October 23, 2017

ABUJA— Hearing on the suit challenging the ex-parte order proscribing the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and designating same as a terrorist organization, was today, stalled following the absence of the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, Justice Abdul Kafarati.

The Suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/871/2017, is between the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami versus the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Recall that Justice Kafarati had on the 20th of September, 2017, granted an order declaring the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist organisation and “acts of terrorism and illegality.”

The ex-parte order, which followed an application filed by the Abubakar Malami, also proscribed the existence of IPOB throughout Nigeria, with particular emphasis on the South-East and South-South geopolitical regions of the country.

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However, a counter-affidavit filed on 22nd of September, 2017, by IPOB legal team led by Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, to set-aside the proscription order, came up for hearing today, only to be informed that the same Acting CJ of the High Court, Justice Kafarati who earlier granted the request of the Federal government, had travelled outside the country to attend a conference.

Meanwhile, the Federal government, since the application of the counter motion and on whose instance the proscription order was issued, has not filed any counter-affidavit or processes in court, indicating a possible complicit between the executive and the judiciary branch of government.

Consequently, the matter was adjourned till the 14th of November, 2017, for moving of processes.

THE BIAFRA TIMES
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