Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court in Abuja has affirmed the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra and its activities in Nigeria.
In a Ruling on Thursday on a case filed by members of the IPOB to challenge the declaration of the group as a terrorist organisation,Justice Kafarati held that the action of the government was in order.
Justice Kafarati resolved all the three formulated issues against the group, and held that September 20, 2017 proscription order was validly issued.
He dismissed the contention of IPOB’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who submitted that IPOB is not being registered in Nigeria but only registered in some other countries and therefore could not be sued in Nigeria and ordered the group to pay the sum of five hundred thousand naira as cost to the federal government
The judge noted that an organisation registered abroad could be likened to a foreigner who could be arrested in another country where he was found to have committed a crime.
He also said the issuance of the proscription order by him in chambers following an ex parte application was in accordance with the provisions of the Terrorism Prevention Act.
Last year, after the FG’s decision, the court gave a judicial backing to the executive order of President Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing the group.
IPOB had prayed the court to reverse its order proscribing it and designating it a terrorist organisation.