The Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, has condemned an Abuja High Court over its Thursday’s verdict on the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. The group described the court’s judgment, which declared IPOB as a terrorist group as height of nepotism and denigration of the nation’s judiciary system. It have been reported that a Federal High Court sitting Abuja had on Thursday dismissed the application by the pro-Biafra group, requesting for the reverse of the court’s order proscribing it and designating it a terrorist organisation. The Acting Chief Justice, Abdu Kafarati, while delivering his ruling on IPOB’s application, resolved all the three formulated issues against the group, and held that September 20, 2017 proscription order was validly issued.
Reacting to the judgment, Nnia Nwodo, the President General of Ohaneze, said the verdict was unfortunate. He said, “It is unfortunate that our courts are allowing themselves to be used for unlawful and political ends. IPOB has done nothing to qualify, as defined by international standards, to be called a terrorist organization. “Sadly The Federal Attorney General in his parochialism, unmitigated bias and calumny has not found it necessary to classify The Fulani herdsmen as terrorists inspite of their classification by the Global Terrorist Index as the fourth deadliest terrorist organization in the world. Ohaneze frowns at this nepotism, this denigration of our judiciary and this stigmatization of our children.”