Battle for Biafra shifts to Court

The war for the actualisation of the sovereign state of Biafra has shifted to the Federal High Court, Owerri, where a group filed a suit to compel the Federal Government and the Attorney-General to appear before the court and answer some questions concerning their treatment of the so-called Biafrans.

The group, Bilie Human Rights Initiatives, is seeking to enforce the Rights of Indigenous People of Biafra to self-determination and independence.

In the suit, the plaintiff sought that the FG and in AGF be summoned to answer questions, among which is whether the indigenous people of Biafra have right of self-determination pursuant to Articles 19-25 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap 10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

The suit also questioned the legality of Abandoned Properties Act of 25th Sept. 1979 stating that claimants of the properties were regarded as Nigerian citizens but were deprived of their properties, money and other assets.

It claimed that no law makes it a crime for a people to seek for freedom by the rule of law and sought to know whether it was lawful for the defendants to hold the ethnic nationalities in Nigeria together by force.

The group also questioned the legality of the amalgamation of the South and North by the British government in 1914.

It sought to known “whether the defendants are justified to arrest, detain, shoot and or kill the children of the claimants for identifying themselves as Biafrans contrary to the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and the United Nations Resolution 61/295 of 2007 known as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The group, in the suit, sought a peaceful dissolution of Nigeria through a bill in the National Assembly and a halt to the arrests and molestation of the claimants.

It observed that contrary to section 10 of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria the defendants registered Nigeria as a member of the organization of Islamic Countries (OIC), thereby turning the country into an Islamic State. It therefore sought an order declaring the rights of the claimants who are Christians to dissociate themselves from being citizens of an Islamic country.

The case, which got first mention last Tuesday, comes up again on Nov 26.

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