Like Our Facebook Fan Page

Profs, SANs, others disagree on court order banning IPOB

Opinions of legal experts were sharply divided on Thursday on the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja proscribing secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra , which also classified the agitators as a terrorist organisation .

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr . Abubakar Malami (SAN ) , had , on Wednesday , on behalf of the Federal Government, obtained an interim order proscribing IPOB and declaring the secessionist group as a terrorist organisation .

The order was granted by the acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court , Justice Abdu Kafarati , in chambers..

The judge held , “ That an order, declaring that the activities of the respondent ( Indigenous People of Biafra) in any part of Nigeria, especially in the South -East and South -South regions of Nigeria, amount to acts of terrorism and illegality, is granted . ”

The immediate past Lagos State Solicitor-General , Mr. Lawal Pedro (SAN ); a human rights advocacy group , Access to Justice; activist lawyer, Mr . Ebun -Olu Adegboruwa , and IPOB faulted the order of Justice Kafarati , saying it had no legal precedent .

But two professors of Law, who are also Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Yemi Akinseye -George and Fidelis Oditah; other SANs – Yusuf Ali and Tayo Oyetibo – and the Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution , Mr . Okoi Obono -Obla, argued that the order of the court was valid and backed by law and fact.

Post a Comment