Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Biafra counsels floor Nigeria counsels in court

BIAFRA vs NIGERIA LEGAL CLASH




SUIT NO. FHC/OW/CS/192/2013


                           ON

ISSUE OF RIGHTS TO SELF-DETERMINATION

                            AT

FEDERAL HIGH COURT OWERRI
 

REPORT AS IT HAPPENED TODAY

        TUESDAY 6th JUNE 2017



THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA VS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION


SUIT NO. FHC/OW/CS/192/2013


(Biafran court case on Issue of Rights to Self-determination /Independence)


The great Indigenous People of Biafra turned out in overwhelming multitude today being Tuesday 6, 2017 at the Federal High Court Owerri to witness the hearing of the substantive issues on the suit filed at the Federal High Court Owerri by The Incorporated Trustees of Bilie Human Rights Initiative on behalf of The Indigenous People of Biafra against The Federer Government of Nigeria and The Attorney General of the Federation.


Nigeria was well represented by their learned gentlemen. Nigeria made an overturn in what we could term as abuse of court process by filling another objection on issue that has earlier been determined.


The legal team of Biafra being led by a legal icon, a professor of Law and a former Attorney General of Imo State in the person of Prof Francis Dike (SAN,) from USA was personally in court with his vibrant and well groomed legal team who were also staunch Biafrans.


Our most respected Biafran Learned icon Prof Dike (SAN ) addressed the Court on the  issue raised and argued with power and vigour and with his usual characteristic high degree of eloquence and well calculated and penetrating  legal punches and pounding that kept Nigerian councils reeling and staggering on the floor  in utter confusion.


As they (Nigeria) were unable to properly recover from this technical beating and coupled with their inability to articulate and make good defensive submissions and legal reasoning, the Judge decided to  adjourn the case to next month - July 4, 2017.   This , however saved their faces as a huge surge of  relief and happiness were seen on their faces.


Recall that the suit brought by way of originating summons requires the Federal Government of Nigeria and The Attorney General of the Federation to appear in court to answer  fundamental questions impinging on the rights of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra which Nigeria has conceded  to question (1) and (2) below but still battling to defend others in legal argument .They are among others as follows:


1. Whether the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra who are the remnants that were not consumed in the Nigerian-Biafran war of 1967- 1970 have the right to self self determination  pursuant to Articles 19-25 of the African Charter on  Human and Peoples Rights, (Ratification & Enforcement) Act. ,,Cap 10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria,1990.


2. Whether by interpretation of Section 2  of 1999 Nigerian Constitution it is a crime for Indigenous Peoples of Biafra and other nationalities held together in Nigeria against their will to  exercise their rights to self-determination by seeking for Independence under the Law as guaranteed by Articles 19 -25 Cap 10 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 and United Nations Resolutions 61/295 of 2007 know as UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


3 Whether it is lawful under Nigeria Constitution of 1999 and under the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratified and Enforcement)  Act, Cap 10,'Laws of Nigeria for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra and other ethnic nationalities to be held together in Nigeria  by force or in a forced marriage akin to slavery since no Nigeria law or that of international law makes it a crime to seek for freedom by the rule of law


It should be noted that the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra had on Aprill 2017 recorded an unprecedented victory on whether the Federal High Court Owerri has jurisdictional powers to entertain the case. They have equally on different occasions, recorded victories in time past on other preliminary objections raised by Nigerian Lawyers since the inception of the case in 2013..


As we have been emphasizing, this is no doubt the only case that may catapult Biafra to Independence if God in His infinite mercies grants Biafra victory. Therefore, Biafrans are enjoined to continue to support Bilie Human Rights Initiative, the Supreme Council of Elders and the Biafran Legal Team as well as Biafra De facto Government - Customary Govt of IPOB.


We can confirm that Biafrans were very peaceful, disciplined and  patient  throughout the court session. Various Biafran groups including Biafran veterans attended in their large numbers.


Biafrans are therefore requested to stand up and come together as a strong family to restore Biafra. This is time to bury our differences and forgive all wrongs. Unnecessary bickering , rancour and disunity won't help the struggle


July 4th 2017 has been slated for further hearing.


May God bless Biafra


from Frank

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