Court proscribes IPOB, declares it a terror group

Chidi Samuel || A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday declared the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) “acts of terrorism”.

The court order followed an application filed by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice.

President Muhammadu Buhari had before travelling to New York last Sunday signed the necessary documents required to commence the process that will legalise the classification of IPOB as a terror group as announced by defence headquarters last week.

The move by the federal government is apparently in response to the criticism that trailed the branding of IPOB as a terror group and the subsequent decision of the South East governors to proscribe it.

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Senate President Bukola Saraki, human right lawyer Femi Falana, SAN and the apex Igbo social-political organisation, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo all described the move as unconstitutional.

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of Information had earlier on Wednesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the legal process for the proscription of the group.

In an interview with Journalist, he stated that the procedure for proscription was that “the president must sign the proclamation after which the attorney-general will follow the procedure which he is doing”.

“For those who are fixated with legality, I have good news for them: President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the process of proscribing IPOB, and the procedure is on as I speak,” he said.