style[amp-boilerplate] Breaking: Nnamdi Kanu files motion challenging court order declaring IPOB terrorist organisation

Breaking: Nnamdi Kanu files motion challenging court order declaring IPOB terrorist organisation

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The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has

challenged the court decision to proscribe his group.

Kanu, in a motion on notice filed against an order made by the Federal

High Court on Wednesday, September 20, said the order proscribing IPOB

as a terrorist organization is illegal.

The motion also stressed that the IPOB is a non-violent group and that

the Abuja Division of the Federal High made its order based on a

motion ex-parte without the presence of other party or parties

involved in the matter.

The motion with suit number: SUIT NO:FHC/ABJ/CS/871/17 between the

attorney general of the federation Abubakar Malami and the IPOB prayed

the court to set aside the order of injunction, made on Wednesday.

IPOB said its prayers is being sought on the grounds that the court

order proscribing the IPON was made without jurisdiction and granted

against any entity known to law.

The pro-Biafra group said there is a clear suppression and

misrepresentation of facts in the attorney general's affidavit

evidence, pursuance to which the order was granted.

The group added that the order is unconstitutional and was made in

clear violation of the constitutionally guaranteed right of the IPOB

to self determination;Article 20(1) of the Africa Charter on Human and

Peoples Rights, now domesticated into Nigerian Law under(Ratification

and Enforcement Act) (Cap 10)Laws of the Federation of Nigeria

1990;Right to fair hearing, Right to freedoms of expression, and the

press and Rights to peaceful Assembly and Association; clearly

provided for under Sections 36, 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution of

the Federal Republic of Nigeria as (Amended) 2011.

The motion on notice was supported by an affidavit written by Prince

Mandela Umegborogu, an associate solicitor in the Law Firm of I.C.

Ejiofor & Co. earlier reported that the Federal. High Court in

Abuja granted an application by the attorney general to proscribed

IPOB as a terrorist group.

The court in its order also banned the IPOB and its activities all

across Nigeria.

The court in its order declared the IPOB and all its activities as

'acts of terrorism and illegality'.

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