In a groundbreaking development, the Enugu State High Court has declared the 2017 proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by the Southeast Governors’ Forum as an act of administrative abuse, rendering it null and void. The court ruling was in response to a suit filed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, represented by his special counsel, Barr Aloy Ejimakor.
Kanu’s legal team sought various reliefs, including de-listing IPOB as a terrorist organization, recognition of self-determination as a fundamental right, public apologies in national dailies, and N25 billion in damages.
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The court upheld the argument that self-determination is not a crime, emphasizing that the African Charter, which Nigeria is bound by, supports this principle.
In the verdict, Justice A.O. Onovo granted N8 billion in damages to Kanu. However, the court declined jurisdiction to halt Kanu’s ongoing criminal trial, citing that the matter is before the Supreme Court.
Responding to the judgment, Barr Aloy Ejimakor praised the court for upholding justice and serving as the last hope for the common man. He expressed gratitude for resolving the long-standing legal battle, stating, “The court has reaffirmed the common man’s hopes in the judiciary. You have saved thousands of lives.”
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