Terrorist Tag: IPOB Alleges FG’s Plot To Frustrate Appeal; Maintained That It Would Not Be Deterred By Any Conspiracy

The Biafra Post | Published January 21, 2018

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB Supreme Leader
The Indigenous People of Biafra on Saturday alleged that its move to appeal an Abuja Federal High Court judgment was being frustrated by the Federal Government.

It also accused Justice Abdul Kafarati, who delivered the judgment, of complicity.

The court had, last week, affirmed the group’s proscription as a terrorist organisation.

IPOB said the judge allegedly refused to avail IPOB the certified true copy of the judgment despite all efforts made by its lawyers.

The group, in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, wondered why the judge would decide to delay the issuance of the judgment’s CTC.

Powerful claimed that the group notified the judge of its intention to appeal the verdict on the same day it was delivered.

He alleged that the move was part of a “legal system that is dominated by those that desire to Islamise non- Muslim Southern Nigeria by force of arms.”

Part of the statement read, “Shortly after ruling on our application to vacate the obnoxious order proscribing IPOB, we respectfully brought to the attention of the judge our desire to appeal his ruling immediately.

“We also pointed out to him the frustration we experienced in the past to get Nigerian judges approval of our applications for certified true copies of their judgments to enable us to proceed to the Court of Appeal.

“In an open court on January 18, 2018, before the local and international media, an appeal was made by the IPOB’s attorney to Justice Abdul Kafarati after his ruling.

“We told him that his expeditious approval of our application for the certified true copy of processes filed in the suit is needed for us to lodge immediate appeal against his disastrous ruling.

“As of the time of issuing the press release (on Saturday) Justice Abdul Kafarati, has refused to approve our application for leave to appeal his ruling.

The group maintained that it would not be deterred by any conspiracy, demanding that all the orders made in the suit and exhibits relied upon by the government must be made available to IPOB by law, to enable it to promptly proceed to the Court of Appeal.


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