The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has argued that agitation for secession is not an offence under the Nigerian laws.
IPOB said this in reaction to the secret trial of its elusive leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s co-defenders, Bright Chimezie, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, IPOB questioned the jurisdiction of the Federal High court sitting in Abuja to proceed with the trial of its members over treasonable felony.
IPOB said it has instructed its lawyers to challenge the court’s jurisdiction and to strike out the charge of ‘Treasonable Felony’ against it’s members on the grounds of what a prosecution witness said, “agitating for self-determination or secession is not a crime known to any Nigerian law.”
He said, “We the worldwide family of the Indigenous People of Biafra wishes to draw the attention of the civilized world to what transpired at Justice Binta Nyako’s court in Abuja on March 22, 2018 at the commencement of the trial of four innocent Biafrans.
“The world must know that they are standing trial for offences not known to any law in Nigeria.”
Recall that the secret trial of Kanu’s co-defendants resumed at the Justice Binta Nyako-led court on Thursday with the Nigerian Government calling its first witness.