Court Upholds Proscription Of IPOB
Written by Morenike Adebayo on January 19, 2018
The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the application by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) challenging its proscription by the court as a terrorist organisation.
The acting chief judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati, held that the application was properly brought before the court as an exparte motion by the Attorney-General.
He also ruled that the rights of fair hearing and freedom of association of IPOB was not abused because all that was needed for such an application to be heard was the approval of the president which was properly gotten.
Subsequently, Justice Kafarati asked the secessionist group to pay the Attorney-General a fine of five hundred naira only. Counsel to IPOB, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, however, argued that the ruling will be challenged at the Appeal Court.