IPOB is not a terrorist organisation says Aloy Ejimakor, lawyer and personal counsel of detained separatist agitator, Nnamdi Kanu.
“#IPOB, the organisation that I defend, is not a terrorist group,” he said in a tweet today.
Ejimako also said it is wrong to characterize IPOB as a violent group.
IPOB merely desires freedom from Nigeria, he argued
“It’s not a crime to desire a separate country. That’s how how new nations are created,” he said
“Terrorist groups don’t have fixed and open addresses. IPOB has fixed and open address in many countries of the world.
How IPOB was proscribed
An Abuja high court on 20 September 2017 pronounced activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as “acts of terrorism.”
Justice Abdul Kafarati said further IPOB activities in Southeast and South-South Nigeria “amounts to an act of terrorism and illegality”
She also made an order to proscribe the existence of IPOB in Nigeria, “especially in the south-east and south-south regions.”
Justice Kafarati also forbade individuals or groups from participating in IPOB related activities.
On 8 January this year, the Abuja court upheld its earlier decision to label IPOB a terrorist organisation.
Lawyers to IPOB challenged the 20 September 2017 ruling because government violated peoples rights during the hearing.
IPOB not terrorist organisation says Kanu’s lawyer