Nigerian court ruled IPOB not terrorist group – IPOB
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday, argued that a Nigerian court of competent jurisdiction once exonerated it from the allegation of being a terrorist organisation.
The IPOB publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, made this revelation to newsmen while defending the roles being played by IPOB in its bid to protect its Biafran people.
He said that, “our oppressors are desperate and acting with impunity because they see the clear signals and understand the signs of the time.
Our leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has taken the struggle to the international arena as he promised. Now the global attention is on Biafra.”
“Notwithstanding the malicious propaganda and blackmail from agents of darkness, IPOB is not only a peaceful movement but a lawful organisation as well. Nigeria has a history of impunity when it comes to adherence to court orders and judgements issued by courts of competent jurisdiction, so we are not surprised that the Nigeria establishment in collaboration with purveyors of falsehood have continued to tread the same path of shamelessly dishing out lies and propaganda against us despite a ruling by her own court that IPOB is not unlawful.”
“History, they say, is the best teacher and we, therefore, want to remind our oppressors that a Federal High Court, in Abuja, presided over by Justice Binta Nyako, had, on March 2, 2017, ruled that “IPOB is not an unlawful organisation.”
“The court which struck-out six of the 11-count criminal charges the federal government preferred against our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and three other pro-Biafra agitators, declared that IPOB was not unlawful.”
“In the landmark ruling, the court said that the fact that IPOB was not an organisation registered in Nigeria did not make it an illegal society.”
He quoted the judge as ruling thus, “It may be true that IPOB is not registered in Nigeria, but does that make it an illegal organisation?”
“Justice Nyako held that the federal government failed to prove that IPOB, allegedly managed by Kanu and his co-defendants – Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, is an unlawful society. So, if the federal government could not prove that IPOB is a terrorist organisation before its own court, is it then before the ICC that it can prove the contrary?”
“The Nigeria government already knows that we are prepared for it at the International Criminal Court, ICC. Just very soon we shall meet there! The whole world is also aware of all the atrocities of the Nigeria government through the instrumentality of its terrorist security agencies against the innocent and non-violent people of Biafra.”
“Very soon, we shall get the justice that we have been asking for, he assured.