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Kanu Threatens Litigation, Others on Media, Govt Agencies for Discriminatory Labeling of IPOB

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Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has warned media houses, public and government agencies against labeling IPOB as a terrorist organization, threatening litigation and other lawful measures.

This was contained in a statement made available by Aloy Ejimakor, his legal adviser on Friday who noted that there is a subsisting Judgment of a competent High Court in Nigeria which ruled that IPOB’s proscription/declaration as a terrorist group by Buhari is illegal and unconstitutional.

The statement further noted that no evidence has been brought against any member of the organisation on terrorism charges since its proscription in 2017 and urged the general public and government agencies to desist from discriminatory labels.

The notice reads; LEGAL NOTICE: 7th June, 2024

From: Nnamdi Kanu’s Legal Team

TO: All Media/General Public/Government Agencies

Subject: All should cease and desist from calling IPOB a terrorist group.

The general public, media houses and government agencies are hereby put on LEGAL NOTICE of the following:

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Legal Team is under firm instructions from our Client to issue this final warning to all persons and institutions still referring to IPOB as a terrorist organisation.

Henceforth, any further reference to IPOB as a terrorist organization will be met and countervailed with a muscular litigation and other lawful measures, regardless of who the entity is. This is because there is a subsisting Judgment of a competent High Court in Nigeria (attached herewith) which ruled that IPOB’s proscription/declaration as a terrorist group by Buhari is illegal, discriminatory and unconstitutional. Compliance with this Judgment strictly demands that IPOB should no longer be referred to as a terrorist organization.

Additionally, those calling IPOB a terrorist organization have not adduced a scintilla of evidence that IPOB has ever engaged in any terrorist activity. This is underscored by the verifiable fact that since the so-called proscription of IPOB in 2017, no single alleged IPOB member has been convicted of any terrorist act, despite thousands of arrests, abductions, horrendous torture, false flags and extrajudicial killings levied against its alleged members.

Accordingly, we hereby demand that the general public, Presidency, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police and any erring media houses should forthwith cease and desist from attaching such defamatory and prejudicial label to IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Signed: Aloy Ejimakor, Esq.
For Mazi Nnamdi Legal Team.

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