Uche Mefor, estranged Deputy-Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Saturday rubbished recent claims by the outlawed group’s proponents that Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday said “IPOB is not a terrorist organisation in Nigeria until the court says so.”
Newsbreak.ng reports that Mefor said, although at first, he didn’t support the 2017 proscription of IPOB, their “recent adoption of violence” is giving Nigeria reasons to justify the terrorist tag on the secessionist movement.
Read Mefor’s full post below:
DO NOT GIVE IN TO THE WRONG NARRATIVE:CLARIFICATION AND THE TRUE POSITION OF THE NIGERIAN LAW ON THE PROSCRIPTION OF IPOB AS OF 8TH APRIL 2022
It is unnecessary for some individuals to mention my name on whether or not IPOB is a terrorist organization within the meaning of Nigerian law because I am not the Nigerian court that upheld the decision of the Attorney-General of the Federation of Nigeria. But let me state this, since the purveyors of this fake news are bent on misinforming the general public.
The true latest update on this issue is that on April 8, 2022, Justice Binta Nyako clearly observed and ruled that this matter is at the Court of Appeal, Abuja. IPOB is appealing the decision of the High Court ruling that upheld the designation of IPOB as a terrorist organization. It is not the other way round, as being peddled around, that “IPOB is not a terrorist organisation in Nigeria until the court says so”. But the High Court in 2018 has already said so. It is IPOB/IPONK that is, unfortunately, appealing the decision at the Appeal Court of Nigeria.
So, in summary, contrary to the misinformation being peddled around by some un-uniformed individuals on social media (twitter and Facebook), IPOB remains a terrorist organization within the confines/territorial jurisdiction/meaning of Nigerian law until set aside by the appellate court or overturned by the Supreme Court. Let me repeat that according to the ruling by Justice Binta Yako on April 8, 2022, the implication is that IPOB remains a terrorist organization in Nigeria until the terrorism charge/tag is set aside or overturned by the Appeal Court or the Supreme Court. According to her, “This issue is still on appeal. The order proscribing the organisation is still subsisting until it is vacated.”
But what do I think about regarding this issue?
I do not agree that IPOB was a terrorist organization at the time that it was proscribed or designated in 2017 and after. But it is very unfortunate and disappointing that today, the same IPOB/IPONK are giving Nigeria reasons to justify the terrorist tag on IPOB/IPONK as a result of their violent activities and adoption of violence as an official policy since the last quarter of 2020.
We must all insist that Nnamdi Kanu’s human rights and those of all must be protected. However, what about the corresponding wider issue of the human rights of others that Kanu’s foot soldiers are violating? What about their victims that they are subjecting to torture and inhumane and degrading treatments? Are they not human beings like kanu and his followers? Do they not have the same human rights and freedoms that Kanu and his followers cherish and crave to enjoy? Whoever goes to equity must go with clean hands. Igbo Biafrans must stop the human rights violations against Igbo Biafrans because it is at the moment that both Nigerian security forces and IPOB/IPONK are now competing on who will outwit each other in victimizing the already victimized Igbo Biafrans.