Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer has in a recent move, faulted the Nigerian military's declaration of IPOB as a terrorist group.
Barrister Ejiofor vehemently dismissed the southeast governors decision to proscribe the activities of IPOB in the region.
In a statement dated today, Saturday, September 16, Ejiofor said the military's action is a position not founded in law. According to him, the pronouncement is akin to a building not laid upon any foundation, adding that the declaration can't stand.
Here is a part of the statement:
“The pertinent question begging for answer in this context, is whether the Nigeria Military authority has the constitutional powers, under a democratic dispensation, to declare an organization, a terrorist group? The answer is capital NO.”
“Until the above law is strictly complied with, I advise the members of IPOB to continue to conduct themselves in non violent manner they are well known for, and never to indulge in any form of arm struggle or acts capable of endangering the national seurity, or even confronting security agents, even on the face of the ongoing unprovoked attack by the soldiers presently deployed to the southeast.”
“Both pronouncements are patently faulty, and in so far as they do not conform with the procedures laid down under our law, they can't stand,” Ejiofor concluded.