Tuesday, 26 September 2017

IPOB ban: Ex-Unizik VC describes S'East govs, Nigeria military as lawless, incompetent

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The former vice chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state, Professor
Ilochi A.Okafor (SAN) has taken a swipe on the South-East governors for proscribing all activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), led by Nnamdi Kanu.

Ilochi also faulted the position of the Nigerian Armed forces declaring IPOB as a terrorist group arguing that their statements were beyond question.

The legal luminary took the stand in a speech he delivered at the Anambra State Judiciary Legal Year in Awka yesterday, insisting that "we cannot justify the Army subjecting defenseless youths" who are not armed to physical torture, denigrating their dignity, and forcing them to drink and eventually drown in muddy waters.

He described the military action as inhuman, barbaric and senseless and queried which organization has been declared a terrorist group in Nigeria?   

Ilochi warned that no nation with the diversity and conflict that exist within Nigeria has ever survive as a nation unless in a very loose federation or confederation.

The former Vice Chancellor, who described himself as a scholar of constitutional Law, expressed the view that suppressing violently the self-determination group is likely to kill the agitation for restructuring in Nigeria.

According to him, "Nigeria is doomed as a nation sooner unless there is restructure to return the nation
to loose federation, even as he called on the leaders to “listen to our youths”.

He added, "The spirit of Biafra is in the soul of every Igbo man or woman, saying that the movement is an ideology which is devoid of geography.

"Despite the verbal violent and grandiose rhetoric of the leader of Indigenous People of
Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, the group is not a terrorist organization. No person has been killed by IPOB. Its rallies have been heavily crowded but it has not been shown that any person carried or discharge weapons".

Earlier in his address, the Chief Judge of Anambra State, Hon. Justice Peter N.C Umeadi disclosed that a total number of 2,140 judiciary staff was captured between June 7th to 16th 2017 through a Biometrics exercise. Adding that 42 of its members were yet to accounted for while the is ongoing.

He said the yet to be accredited persons could have married and follow their spouses elsewhere, they could have gotten better jobs or may have relocated to somewhere else.

"As I am speaking, there are no ghost workers in the Judiciary of Anambra State. the systematic overhaul of Court infrastructure has continue. We have on record that all the 27 High Court Judges and 62 Magistrates of different cadre are equipped with the highly rated law pavilion software", Justice Umeadi said.

In his sermon, the Bishop of Awka Anglican Diocese, His Lordship, Rt. Revd Alexander Ibezim advised the judiciary to as well give acceptable justice to the poor as state in the bible Exodus 23: 6 – 8.

The clergy maintained that there are problems in the 3 arms of government in the country but insist that judiciary ought to be the last hope of common man.

Bishop Ibezim who said that bribery and corruption has become the ban of the day in the Nigeria system of leadership, advised the judicial arm of government to live up to people's expectation.



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