Nnamdi Kanu sues Nigerian government for tagging IPOB as terror organisation
The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has sued the Nigerian government and its leadership over the proscription of the organisation.
The IPOB leader is seeking an order that self-determination is not a crime and thus cannot be used as a basis to arrest, detain and prosecute him and the members of IPOB.
The matter was filed before an Enugu State High Court in Southeast Nigeria, Caracal Reports learnt.
In the suit marked E/20/2023, the Federal Republic of Nigeria; President, Federal Republic of Nigeria; Attorney General of the Federation & Minister of Justice; Governor of Ebonyi State and South East Governors Forum were listed as Respondents 1st to 5th.
The suit commenced with originating Application Brought Pursuant to Order II Rules 1 & 2 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009, Section 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), Articles 2, 3, 19 & 20 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Act and under the jurisdiction of the Court as preserved by Sections 6 and 46 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
The detained leader of IPOB is suing for himself and on behalf of the members of IPOB as the Applicant.
In the suit filed through his special counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, Kanu wants the court to among others restrain and prohibit the Respondents from taking any further step in “any criminal prosecutions of the Applicant and members of IPOB on the basis of the said proscription of IPOB and its listing as a terrorist group”.