The Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected an application by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), challenging its existence.
In a ruling by Justice Adamu Kafarati, the court proclaimed that the ban was validly made, adding that IPOB’s application, seeking the vacation of the ban order was unjust and should be dismissed.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Enugu forum emergency meeting Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi has requested the group and other of such groups to ascertain their complaints and send to the forum. He appealed to all governors in the zone to comply with court injunction in their various states and for the Federal Government to withdraw the troops in the zone.
According to Umahi “All activities of IPOB are, hereby, proscribed. IPOB and all other aggrieved groups are advised to articulate their position on all national issues’’.
It will be recalled that Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier endorsed the presidential order banning the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) while the President Muhammadu Buhari gave written approval for the ban of the group, pending legal process. The judge awarded N500,000 cost against IPOB.