Nnamdi Kanu sue FG, Southeast governors over IPOB proscription
The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Government for labeling IPOB as a terrorist organisation.
The suit marked E/20/2023, and filed by Kanu’s Special Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor at an Enugu State High Court, is seeking the court Order that self-determination is not a crime and consequently cannot be held on, to arrest, detain and prosecute Kanu and the members of IPOB.
Other Respondents in the Suit are Nigeria’s President, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the South East states Governors.
Ejimakor told The Guardian yesterday that the court is further urged to bar the Respondents from taking a further step in “any criminal prosecutions of the Applicant and members of IPOB on the basis of the said proscription of IPOB and its listing as a terrorist group.”
According to him “the suit began with originating Application Brought Pursuant to Order II Rules 1 & 2 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009, Section 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), Articles 2, 3, 19 & 20 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Act and under the jurisdiction of the Court as preserved by Sections 6 and 46 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)”
He added that Kanu contended that the proscription of IPOB and its listing as a terrorist organisation is illegal under section 42 of the 1999 constitution as amended and under Articles 2, 3, 19 & 20 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (Enforcement and Ratification) Act.
No hearing date has been fixed for the suit.