Legal Nigeria

Court Hears CNG’s Suit Seeking Referendum For Biafra Today

A Federal High Court sitting Abuja will today hear the suit filed by the leadership of Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) seeking referendum for Biafra agitators.

The coalition had, in June, sued the National Assembly, asking court to compel the defendants to halt the ongoing constitutional review exercise.

The spokesman of the CNG, Abdul-azeez Suleiman, Sunday said a judge had been assigned to hear the suit.

The suit, filed by the plaintiffs and leaders of the group, Nastura Ashir Shariff, Balarabe Rufa’i l, Abdul-aziz Suleiman and Aminu Adam, joined the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and the National Assembly as defendants.

The CNG said instead of constitutional review, the defendants should immediately provide a framework for the actualisation of agitators’ demand on self-determination.

 Suleiman said: “One of the issues for determination before this Hon. Court in the substantive suit has to do with the legal obligation of the 2nd – 4th defendants/Respondents to provide a framework that will pave the way for the self-determination of the South-eastern states so as to leave the geographical entity called Nigeria before any further step is taken to review the Constitution?’’