IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer dismisses military, South-east governors’ declarations

IPOB Protesters
IPOB Protesters: [Photo credit: Daily Post Nigeria]

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has criticised the Nigerian Army for branding it a terror group.
 
He said the declaration was like ”a building not laid upon any foundation.” 
 
The Nigerian Army had in a statement signed by the Director of Defense Information, John Enenche on Friday given five reasons for the declaration of IPOB as a terrorist group.
 
The military cited the following as its reasons for placing the terrorist tag on IPOB: formation of a Biafra Secret Service; formation of the Biafra National Guard; unauthorised blocking of public access roads; extortion of money from innocent civilians at illegal roadblocks; militant possession and use of weapons (stones, Molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles among others) on a military patrol on 10 September 2017; physical confrontation of troops by Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB actors at a checkpoint on 11 September 2017 and also attempts to snatch their rifles; attacks by IPOB members, on a military checkpoint on 12 September 2017, at Isialangwa, where one IPOB actor attempted to snatch a female soldier’s rifle.

Lawyers on Friday night gave different views on the situation with some of them describing the declaration as unconstitutional, while others said the move was not in a negation of legal provisions. 
 
However, in a statement by Mr. Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, he said the declaration is ”patently faulty and would not stand.”
 
“In my brief but concise reaction to the purported declaration of IPOB as a terrorist group, I will observe with respect that the pronouncement is akin to a building not laid upon any foundation, which is certainly bound to fail, it can’t stand,” he said.
 
“The pertinent question begging for an answer in this context, is whether the Nigeria Military authority has the constitutional powers, under a democratic dispensation, to declare an organization, a terrorist group? The answer is capital no.
 
“Without dwelling much on the items cited by the military authority as those constituting the activities of IPOB as a terrorist group, I respectfully wish to invoke the relevant laws that deal with the exercise which the military hastened to usurp.”
 
Citing relevant provisions of the Terrorism Prevention Act, Mr. Ejiofor explained the circumstances that could result in such a declaration, which from his understanding of the law, the military violated. 
 
He said, “Proscribed Organisation: Where two or more persons associate for the purpose of or where an organization engages in: Participating or collaborating in an act of terrorism; promoting, encouraging or exhorting others to commit an act of terrorism; or setting up or pursuing acts of terrorism, the judge in Chambers may on an application made by the Attorney-General, National Security Adviser or Inspector General of Police on the approval of the President; declare an entity to be a proscribed organization and the notice should be published in official gazette: 
 
“An order made under sub-section (1) of this section shall be published in the official gazette, in two National newspapers and at such other places as the judge in Chambers may determine.” 
 
Mr. Ejiofor said the IPOB members would continue conducting themselves in an orderly manner, adding that previous declarations of the court of law had portrayed the action of the Nigerian army on Friday as completely unconstitutional. 
 
He said, “Until the above law is strictly complied with, I advise the members of indigenous people of Biafra to continue to conduct themselves in a non-violent manner they are well known for and never to indulge in any form of armed struggle or acts capable of endangering the national security, or even confronting security agents, even on the face of the ongoing unprovoked attack by the soldiers presently deployed to the South-east on operation “Egwu eke.
 
“On behalf of Indigenous People of Biafra, our law offices had filed a formal complaint before the relevant international organizations, and comity of nations, on the carnage presently going on in the South-eastern states.” 
 
Mr. Ejiofor also flayed the South-east governors for following suit by banning the activities of IPOB.
 
“South Eastern state Governors are quickly reminded that a resolution contained in a communique issued at the end of a political forum meeting such as theirs can’t transform to Executive Order but needs to be gazetted, adhering strictly to procedures laid down under our laws,” he said.
 
“Both pronouncements are patently faulty, and in so far as they do not conform to the procedures laid down under our law, they can’t stand.”
 
The governors of the five south-eastern states under the aegis of South East Governors Forum, had on Friday declared IPOB as a banned organisation and asked its (IPOB) members to reassess their position.
 
The governors said their position was guided by the need to ensure the security of lives and property as the IPOB leader appeared to have lost control of members of his group. 
 


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  • sylvok

    when you hear a reasonable person you will know. This man is more sensible than the entire politician in Nigeria

    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      Just opposite.

  • Paul Graham

    When ipob members on his advice take to the streets and get arrested or injured you will not how dumb his advice is and the Judicial commission will simply delist him!

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Enter road and see how the Python will dance for you and yyour mumu clients.

    • Kickboxer

      we are on the road…do your worst….Biafra is to good for Zoo inmates and Islamic terrorists like you

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        If them born you well enter road Na,and see how Python go dance for you abi Na you go dance for Python.

      • Julius

        This proves that you are a drunk. You were in here cursing the Igbos daily. I think you do not wish them well ….being on the road to hell.

  • Wale

    Good attorneys suppose to give good advice to their clients; Kanu’s lawyer is contrary to the fact.
    Which law school did he passed through.

    • Julius

      I wonder what advice he gave to kanu when he made some flags and declared a republic within a sovereign country ? Is that constitutional ?

  • Höly Wähala

    When you read a learned person there’s no doubt left on your mind, this Ejiofor lawyer sure knows his onions unlike our so-called Law Professors advising and condoning the violation of same Constitutional Law they teach. And specifically speaking, Mr. Ejiofor was quoting from Section 2, sub (c) of the Terrorism Prevention Act of 2011. That is the part of the junta-made Nigerian Constitution this junta in agbada are now boisterously violating. Even the Eke Dance is illegal and un-Constitutional since it was not expressly authorized by the C-in-C himself who is the only person empowered by the Constitution to deploy Nigerian soldiers internally or abroad. Tomorrow you wonder some people call that country a Zoo where nothing works… Nonsense!

    • Emeka

      Atulu ndi Igbo donated with brain repair cost to Asylum house in Germany. Slaveexport, Ewu. Go to SE and riot for IPOB, frustrated chimp. The whitie master sleeps while the blackie slave loiters.

  • Emeka

    The military and the SE governors are wicked! How will Ejiofor complete the new house he started recently? How will he feed his family? Ejiofor has vowed to die for IPOB therefore he will remain in hiding until that is achieved. God bless Nigeria.

    • AFRICANER

      The Sunni Terrorist Muslims of Nigeria must not be allowed to get away with this ethnic cleansing, or the terrorist acts of Buhari, Mr. Sa’ad, Gov. El Rufai, Buratai, the Islamic portion of the Nigerian Army, Buhari…

      After the UN General Assembly meeting, we should monitor what the world says about the activities of Buhari and his terrorist cabal, if the UN does nothing, including Trump, then, everybody who loves justice, and human life, including freedoms and Liberty, must re-engage to find the appropriate course to STOP these people!

      One doesn’t have to be a supporter of Nnamdi Kanu to embrace justice. One doesn’t have to be a supporter of El Zakzaky to condemn the terror visited upon his religious sect.

      THESE CRIMES CANNOT BE COMMITTED WITH IMPUNITY.

      There are two things going on: Muslism terrorism from Buhari and Sunni terrorist of Nigeria, and then the Western World not regarding Africans as equal human beings! If the world lets Buhari, a former Coup Plotter, who was earlier nominated by BOKO HARAM to represent them, to come back and murder innocent Christians and shiites, in cold blood, as can be seen on youtube and other social media, then the world is saying that Africans are animals! No European or American society can be left to the extermination of Muslim Terrorist as is being done in Nigeria today. And then, the killer himself Buhari, is found in London, new York, and comity of Nations? GOD FORBID!

      We are watching Buhari’s trip to America and London.

      If he gets away with it, it means Saudi Arabia has paid enormous bribes to the Embassies in Nigeria!

    • FEMI A USA

      How sweet it’s. Banned and on self exile. Is that activist still contemplating of filing papers with Divided Nations (UN)? Some individuals or org are criminal lovers.

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      God bless Emeka.
      These animals destabilising Nigeria are the same crying merginalisatiom.
      How can we develop in lawless, corrupt and dysfunctional country?.

  • Rick Eson

    If we all can take the law into our own hand and do what we want no matter how illegal, Nigeria will be most dangerous inhabitable environment.
    Kanu sign his bail conditions and promised to abide, but his activities and some of his follower totally break bail conditions he sign. Even a kid will know that Kanu create the condition for his rearrest.
    The activities of IPOB cannot be allow in any Sovereign Nation. IPOB is a challenge to our Nation Sovereignty and Security forces are mandated to protect the Sovereignty of the Nation.

    • FEMI A USA

      They are also criminals and lawless by any standard. I thought that he boasted of standing to Nigeria Army nothing knowing he and followers are cowards. They are in hiding just as Tompolo who couldn’t bury his father. Since the government has designated them terrorists, no one wants to deal with in whole world except Daesh, Al shabab etc. They painted themselves to a corner. Did I heard quiet please. See you later alligators.

  • Mufu Ola

    Charge & bail lawyer at work. They lure u to police to plead “guilty” & then bail you to secure commission.That’s what this one is.

    • FEMI A

      You mean that they are Trial lawyers. It be like say they must eat o.