Legal Nigeria

IPOB commends Abia High Court judgment on Kanu

By Gordi Udeajah and Uzoma Nzeagwu


The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday, commended presiding Judge of the Abia State High Court sitting in Umuahia, for his courage in declaring the military invasion of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s country home illegal.

It commended the court for granting Kanu justice at a time the Nigeria judiciary was losing the confidence of the people and the world due to compromised rulings.

In a statement issued by Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, IPOB also appreciated Aloy Ejimakor and his team of lawyers for securing the judgment in the matter.

“This judgment has, to some extent, redeemed the image of the Nigerian judiciary and we ask other judges involved in the IPOB matter to help salvage the battered image of judiciary in Nigeria in the eyes of their global colleagues in the judiciary.

“Since September 14, 2017 when this atrocity was committed, no court in Nigeria has had the courage to condemn the barbarity and brutality of the military until the Abia judgment,” the group said.

IPOB recalled that security agencies invaded Kanu’s compound in Afaraukwu, Ibeku Umuahia on September 14, 2017 to eliminate Kanu but God Almighty saved him from the security agencies.

“The award of N1 billion damages cannot compensate for the loss of life occasioned by the military invasion, but the symbolism is clear. The Umuahia High Court ruling exposed the truth about the plans to eliminate supporters and sympathisers of Biafra agitation.

“The judgment also vindicated Kanu, who didn’t jump bail, contrary to allegations, but only escaped assassination by the military,” he said.

“The charges preferred against him are another indication that the Federal Government has nothing against him. The best thing for the government and security agencies is to release our leader Kanu unconditionally and redeem their image, because the world is watching what is happening in Nigeria,” the statement reads.

The group, therefore, charged the Federal Government to give a date for a referendum to ascertain whether or not the Igbo people want to continue with Nigeria.