- September 22, 2017
- Posted by: Godwin Elijah
- Category: Akwa Ibom
A legal expert, Ferdinand Odey has insisted that the federal government would have exhausted the option of dialogue for peaceful resolution before proscribing the Indigenous People of Biafra-IPOB.
Speaking with PLANET NEWS after the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami on behalf of the Federal Government, obtained an interim order proscribing IPOB and declaring the secessionist group as a terrorist organisation, Odey said such proclamation may lead to more harm than good for the corporate existence of the country.
While suggesting that the activities of the secessionist group might have some political undertone, the legal luminary added that dialogue would have helped the government address the issues once and for all.
On whether the matter can be challenged in court, Odey told our correspondent Bassey Ibiatisuho that there is a provision for fair-hearing by the constitution to any person or group of persons whose rights and actions are affected by other citizens or government.
He described the order granted by the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, as conformity with the law, but added that it was declaratory and not final as more legal options could be explored.