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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu's lawyer blasts military, governors' presentations on IPOB

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has bludgeoned the Nigerian military for marking the group a terrorist association. 

He likewise censured Southeast governors for banishing IPOB. 

The military had clarified that the assertion was made for the accompanying reasons: "The development of a Biafra Secret Service; Claimed arrangement of Biafra National Guard; Unauthorized hindering of free streets. 

"Blackmail of cash from honest regular citizens at unlawful detours; aggressor ownership and utilization of weapons (stones, molotov mixed drinks, blades and broken containers among others) on a military watch on 10 September 2017. 

"Physical encounter of troops by Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB actors at a check point on 11 September 2017 and furthermore endeavors to grab their rifles." 

Be that as it may, Ejiofor contrasted the assertion with "a building not established upon any framework." 

An announcement he marked noticed that Nigeria military's declaration was "obviously defective and would not stand." 

"In my brief however compact response to the indicated assertion of IPOB as a terrorist group, I will see with deference that the proclamation is likened to a building not established upon any framework, which is will undoubtedly fall flat, it can't stand," he said. 

"The appropriate inquiry asking for an answer in this unique circumstance, is whether the Nigeria Military expert has the sacred forces, under a majority rule allotment, to proclaim an association, a terrorist group? The appropriate response is capital no. 

"Without harping much on the things refered to by the military specialist as those constituting the exercises of IPOB as a terrorist group, I consciously wish to conjure the applicable laws that arrangement with the activity which the military hurried to usurp," he said. 

Refering to applicable arrangements of the Terrorism Prevention Act, Mr. Ejiofor clarified the conditions that could bring about such a statement, which from his comprehension of the law, the military disregarded. 

He stated, "Restricted Organization: Where at least two people relate with the end goal of or where an association takes part in: Participating or teaming up in a demonstration of terrorism; advancing, urging or admonishing others to submit a demonstration of terrorism; or setting up or seeking after demonstrations of terrorism, the judge in Chambers may on an application made by the Attorney-General, National Security Adviser or Inspector General of Police on the endorsement of the President; proclaim an entity to be a prohibited association and the notice ought to be distributed in official paper: 

"An order made under sub-segment (1) of this segment should be distributed in the official periodical, in two National daily papers and at such different places as the judge in Chambers may decide." 

Ejiofor said the IPOB members would keep behaving in an orderly way, including that past assertions of the courtroom had depicted the activity of the Nigerian armed force on Friday as totally illegal. 

"Until the point that the above law is entirely followed, I inform the members with respect to indigenous individuals of Biafra to keep on conducting themselves in a peaceful way they are outstanding for and never to enjoy any type of equipped battle or acts fit for jeopardizing the national security, or notwithstanding going up against security operators, even on the substance of the progressing ridiculous assault by the officers by and by conveyed toward the South-east on operation Egwu Eke. 

"On behalf of Indigenous People of Biafra, our law workplaces had documented a formal protestation before the pertinent worldwide associations, and comity of countries, on the bloodletting directly going ahead in the South-eastern states." 

On the governors, he stated, "South Eastern state Governors are immediately reminded that a determination contained in a communique issued toward the finish of a political forum meeting, for example, theirs can't change to Executive Order however should be gazetted, holding fast entirely to systems set down under our laws. 

"The two declarations are evidently flawed, and in so far as they don't comply with the systems set down under our law, they can't stand."

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