Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who is the lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra disagrees with the federal High court order of banning the activities of the IPOB and declaring it a terrorist organization.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor said this in a statement issued on Friday 22nd September 2017 stating that the order is not constitutional.
Ejiofor stated that the motion dated Thursday 21st September 2017 was filed on Friday 22nd September 2017 to challenge the decision of the Federal High court of Abuja division.
Ejiofor argued in the motion that the secessionist group IPOB, is not what the Nigerian Government claimed it is and is a non-violent organization.
He also noted that the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu was not giving a fair hearing before the Federal High court of Abuja division ban the group activities.
He maintained that the Indigenous People of Biafra are only agitating for their freedom in a peaceful way and they dont carry arms or dangerous weapons during their peaceful movements.
The motion contested,
That the ex-parte order made on the 20th day of September 2017, by this honourable court was made without jurisdiction, as the order was granted against an entity unknown to law.
That there is a clear suppression and misrepresentation of facts in the Attorney-General’s affidavit evidence, pursuance to which the order was granted.
That the order is unconstitutional, as it was made in clear violation of the constitutionally guaranteed right of the Indigenous People of Biafra to self-determination; Article 20(1) of the Africa Charter on Human & Peoples Rights, now domesticated into our 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 Indigenous People of Biafra who are majorly of Igbo extraction, have no history of violence in the exercise of their right to self determination.
The Indigenous People of Biafra does not carry arms and has no history of arm struggle in the exercise of their constitutionally guarantee rights to self determination.