Court To Rule On IPOB’s Designation As Terrorist Group Jan. 17

A Federal High Court, in Abuja, has fixed ruling on the propriety of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation on January 17.

The proscribed IPOB approached the court in September, urging it to set aside government’s naming of the group as a terror group.

The group maintained it’s a non-violent movement, citing 13 grounds on which it wants the labelling upturned. It said the court which earlier granted the order sought by the federal government lacked jurisdiction because it is “an entity unknown to law.”

The group, led by Nnamdi Kanu, is agitating the breakaway of the south-eastern region from Nigeria. Its agitations have led to several confrontations with the security agencies, resulting in the deaths of scores of its members. Its leader, Kanu’s whereabouts is currently unknown, following an invasion of his residence in Abia by security operatives. IPOB members claimed Kanu might have been killed during the raid, a claim the Nigerian Army denied.

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