The lawyer for the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor has lashed out on the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Abdu-Kafarati of by-passing main issues brought before his court by his client and delivering rulings on matters which had nothing to do with their applications.
He said the Judge who ruled and held today, Thursday 18th January that IPOB is a legal entity only went out to confirm what were already established and known while ignoring a ruling on whether or not there are any fact suggesting that IPOB is a terrorist organisation.
“We have appealed against the ruling. The Court sometime ago ruled based on what the Federal Government told it that IPOB was a terrorist organisation. Now that we have been able to prove both by all reasonable documented evidences to the fact that IPOB is not a terrorist group, what my honourable Justice should have ruled is “No, IPOB is not a terrorist organisation based on evidences available to me”, or “yes, IPOB remains proscribed as a terrorist organisation based on evidences before me”
“But what my honourable Judge did was to completely sideline the issues at stake. He jumped the topic for which we brought before him and delved into other areas never in dispute. So we want my Lord Justice to treat the matter based on what we seek of him.
“We have appealed the ruling and asked for an expeditious processing. We hope that this comes through. We have asked My Lord Justice to revisit the matter and attend to it as applied in our applications”, Ejiofor informed gregnwadikeblog.com via phone.
He expressed doubt however that his client would get justice from the Judge whom he said risked his confirmation as a Judge should he deliver the judgement against the Federal Government, noting that the Judge may have been going through the usual intimidation known very well by this government.
IPOB had earlier approached the court challenging the ruling it delivered on September 20, 2017, which outlawed it on the strength of an ex-parte motion the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, filed on behalf of the government.
The court had declared as illegal, all activities of IPOB, particularly in the South-East and South-South regions of the country in the said ruling.
The Acting Chief Justice, who gave the ruling in chambers, further restrained “any person or group of persons from participating in any of the group’s activities.”
The judge further directed the AGF to ensure that he published the order proscribing IPOB in the official gazette, as well as in two national dailies, an order FG had since complied with.
IPOB, however, in a motion it filed, insisted that the proscription order “was made without jurisdiction”, adding that it was “granted against an entity unknown to law.”
The group also queried the legal validity of the order, which it said was surreptitiously obtained by the Attorney-General.