Indigenous People of Biafra Drags Federal Government to Court



IPOB members

 The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) whose leader, Nnamdi Kanu was arrested by DSS in Lagos has taken the Federal Government of Nigeria and seven others to court demanding compensation for her members who were killed by Joint Military Task Force in Onitsha during one of their peaceful protests.

According to the Indigenous People of Biafra, represented by Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International demands that N100 million and N50 million be given to each of the IPOB members’ families who were killed or injured during the peaceful protest by security operatives respectively.
It will be recalled that on December 2, 2015, at the Onitsha Head Bridge hundreds of thousands of pro-Biafra agitators had blocked the entire road demanding for the unconditional release of their Director, Nnamdi Kanu but when the security operatives could not disperse them by dialogue, they decided to shoot at them.

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Many eye-witnesses said that as soon as the Aguleri boys stood in front and was waving the Biafran flag, the bullets from the Joint Military Task Force became of no harmful effect. As they were shooting at the protesters, they were coming and marching successfully. Seeing the danger ahead, the security operatives started shooting innocent civilians leading to the death of the young lady.

In the Motion on Notice filed before a Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International also sought the order of the court to declare the onslaught against IPOB members by security agencies as a crime against humanity, unlawful, cruel, inhuman and a violation of their rights to peaceful assembly, freedom of association and right to self determination.

According to IPOB, the action of the security agencies ran contrary to the provisions of sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution and Articles 1, IV, XIX and XX of the African Charter on Human Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.

In the suit marked; FHC/ ABJ/1S/1035/2015, filed by their lawyers, Okere Kingdom Nnamdi and Co, the Trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International also urged the court for an order ‘granting the unconditional and immediate release of members of IPOB who are in detention in prisons, police and Army custody and further restrain respondents from further harassment of the applicants who are peacefully and non-violently exercising their rights to self-determination, freedom of association and expression.”

However, Biafrans and Biafra supporters are looking forward to the release of Nnamdi Kanu tomorrow as he appears in court. To this end, IPOB members and supporters of Biafra have announced that they will be protesting in Lagos today and tomorrow.