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IPoB remains a Terrorist Organization – Federal High Cour

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday insisted that the Indigenous People of Biafra is a terrorist organisation.
IPOB had pleaded with the court to set aside its order of September 20 last year which declared it a terrorist organisation.
The Federal Government had through the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), filed an application before the acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, wherein it asked the court to declare IPOB a terrorist group.
However, IPOB through its lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, filed a motion on notice, wherein he begged the court to invalidate its earlier order that tagged the pro-Biafra group a terrorist organisation.
Ejiofor who led a five-member legal team on behalf of his client, argued that the Federal Government fraudulently procured the ban order against IPOB.
He posited that the process through which the order proscribing the activities of IPOB, was clearly defected.
But in a ruling on the application on Thursday, Justice Kafarati held that IPOB’s request to the court on its earlier order that tagged it as a terrorist group “lacked merit.”
In resolving the first issue in the application, the judge held that IPOB’s contention that President Muhammadu Buhari did not his personal give approval for the proscription of IPOB activities, was not true.
He agreed with the AGF that the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Mr. Abba Kyari, only signed the letter conveying Buhari’s approval for the proscription application.
On the issue of the violent activities of IPOB members in the South-East and South-South parts of the country, the court upheld the submission of the Federal Government that the group had been unleasing mayhem in inhabitants of the regions.
The court equally awarded a N500, 000 cost against the IPOB.
In striking out the application, Justice Kafarati said: “The arguments of the respondent/applicant (IPOB), has no basis. I found this application unmeritorious and it is hereby struck out.”
Meanwhile, IPOB’s counsel, Mr. Ejiofor, in his reaction to the court’s decision, vowed to appeal the ruling.
According to Ejiofor, the presiding judge, Justice Kafarati, abandoned the major issues that were formulated and formulated its own issues.
“We know the court’s hands are tied; this issue cannot be resolved here. And we are going on an appeal,” Ejiofor said.

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