FG Gazettes IPOB Ban, To Notify Banks, Embassies, Foreign Missions

Channels Television  
Updated September 26, 2017
A file photo of IPOB supporters agitating for Biafra country

Despite criticisms from different quarters, the Federal Government appears not to be backing down in its decision to proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

As part of the requirement to finalise the process, the Federal Government has gazetted the order of the Federal High court in Abuja proscribing and declaring the IPOB as a terrorist organisation.

The gazetting was part of the requirements imposed on the Federal Government by the court to finalise the prescription of the group.

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Having gazetted the order, the Federal government is further set to publish it in two national dailies to complete the process.

The Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, on September 20, issued the proscription order based on an ex parte application by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami.

However, IPOB, through its lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, filed a motion before the same court two days after, seeking the nullification of the said order, citing lack of jurisdiction, among other grounds.

Federal Ministry of Justice is set to notify banks, Nigerian Embassies abroad and foreign missions operating in Nigeria on the move by the government.