Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, a pro- Igbo organization, has ordered the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to halt their sit- at- home policy in the south- east region.
IPOB had threatened to shut down the region if the Department of State Services (DSS) failed to bring its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in court on October 21.
Nnamdi Kanu Charged For Treasonable Felony
On July 26, an Abuja Federal High Court judge, Binta Nyako, delayed Kanu’ s treasonable felony trial due to the DSS’ s refusal to appear in court.
IPOB has since claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari’ s administration had prepared measures to avoid taking Kanu to court.
Ohanaeze Orders IPOB To Stop Sit- At- Home Order
In a statement released on Wednesday, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the secretary- general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, said IPOB should lead its followers on a peaceful demonstration to Abuja rather than causing economic hardship through the sit- at- home order.
The statement partially said, ” Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is dedicated to offering a political solution for the release of IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from captivity. ”
” Sit- at- home proponents should be wary of Ndigbo regaining consciousness to defy further directives, as the best approach before the IPOB leadership is to mobilize millions of Nnamdi Kanu disciples to take advantage of the October 21st court trial and peacefully take over the streets of Abuja without confrontation with security agencies, so that the international community can take notice of the situation.
” If 60 million IPOB members, as endorsed by the leadership, attack Abuja, they would be obliged to bring Nnamdi Kanu before the Abuja High Court as the South- East sit- at- home movement fades away and Igbo return to reality.
” If the IPOB continues to make life tough for Ndigbo, especially with its constant rejection of responsibility for the myriad scandals and crimes against humanity perpetrated by so- called cultists who disguise themselves as sit- at- home orders to perpetrate evils, ”
FG To Charge Sunday Igboho To Court Again
The Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has stated that the Nigerian government may pursue further charges in response to Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho’ s court triumph.
On September 17, an Oyo State High Court granted the Yoruba Nation activist’ s request for justice, ordering the Nigerian government to pay him N20 billion for violating his rights.
The court also denied the Attorney- General of the Federation’ s plea, which questioned the court’ s jurisdiction to hear charges against Nigerian government entities.
Malami Speaks From US
In response to the ruling, Malami told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York that the Nigerian government has the option of appealing the decision or filing a new case.
” As far as this matter is concerned, which court has jurisdiction to determine it? ” he was quoted as saying. And, as you are well aware, you must obey court orders and verdicts.
” However, you must recognize that there are concomitant rights and interests vested in the Federal Government in the context of such compliance.
” Includes the right to appeal a judgment, as well as the right to make an application to have the stated judgment and order set aside.
” And, yes, that includes the potential of filing a new case if the jurisdiction of the court that was purported to have handed down that judgment is in question.
” So, we’ re doing what we need to do in terms of looking at the law as it is and then working within the context of the law to ensure that justice is served in terms of the parties’ contesting issues, ” the minister explained.
DSS Invaded Sunday Igboho’ s Residence
Igboho had filed a lawsuit against the Department of State Services (DSS), popularly known as the State Security Service (SSS) or secret police, for invading his home in Ibadan, Oyo State, on July 1 through his lawyer, Yomi Alliyu.
Igboho requested a court judgment declaring the DSS agents’ invasion of his home illegal and a violation of his fundamental human rights.
The first respondent is the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Malami (SAN), the second respondent is the SSS, and the third respondent is the Director of the SSS in Oyo State.
Abubakar Abdullahi, the AGF’ s lawyer, had filed an application challenging a state High Court’ s ability to hear the actions of Nigerian government agencies.
However, citing several Supreme and Appeal Court decisions on the state high court’ s ability to hear such cases, Justice Ladiran Akintola stated that the applicant’ s house was invaded in violation of his fundamental human rights as stipulated in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended.
” Unfortunately, this court is not Santa Claus and cannot provide the applicant the sum of N500 billion as asked, but the court did order the respondent to refrain from arresting or harassing the applicant. According to section 35. 1 (a)(b) of the 1999 constitution, he has the right to free movement ” He was awarded N20 billion in damages, he added.