The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, filed an appeal in 2020 asking for the Federal Government to overturn the designation of IPOB as a terrorist organization.
According to its counsel, this appeal might be revisited.
This information was provided on Thursday, June 30, by Mr. Aloy Ejimakor, Special Counsel for IPOB, who stated that Mr. Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), had been retained to advance the appeal.
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When the proscription was made ex parte in October 2017, IPOB approached the Court of Appeal, insisting that the trial court was in error and prayed that the order be set aside.
He claimed that IPOB had established five reasons for such a proscription, including the fact that the group’s actions did not fall under the description of terrorism acts as stated in Section 2 (1)(a)(b) & (c) of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act 2013.
Machukwu-Ume, who is in charge of a legal team that includes IPOB’s senior and principle attorneys Aloy Ejimakor and Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said recently that it was necessary to change the existing grounds of arguments in order to help bring about a just and favorable judgment of the pending appeal.
Ejimakor said that based on available court documents;
The proposed amended notice and grounds of appeal, which are now 18 in total, accuses the Attorney General of the Federation of “looking the other way while the Fulani herdsmen were killing, maiming and kidnapping all over Nigeria, while, on the other hand, applying to the court for the Appellants, who do not cause any violence, to be proscribed.
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