Court hears case on alleged IPOB members’ killings July 8
A Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos has fixed July 8, 2016, for hearing in the case filed by human rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, against the killings of pro-Biafra agitators, by Nigeria soldiers and other security agencies while marking the Biafra day.
The date was fixed last week Friday, when Adegboruwa, leading Emmanuel Jakpa and Tosin Adesioye represented the plaintiffs, whilst the respondents were not represented.
Adegboruwa had informed the court that the respondents declined service of the court processes on the ground that the hearing date was too close.
He, therefore, sought for a short adjournment from the court to enable the bailiff serve the respondents. The case was thereafter adjourned to July 8, 2016, for hearing.
The suit has President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation, Inspector-General of Police, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Navy Staff and Chief of Air Staff as respondents.
Adegboruwa is claiming that all Nigerian citizens are granted the rights of free assembly and association, under section 40 of the 1999 Constitution and also the freedom of expression, under section 39 of the same Constitution.
He contended that members of the Independent Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, are entitled to assemble in any part of the country, for the purpose of demanding for self-determination, without any permit or licence.
The lawyer noted that when they so decide to gather, the police, the army, or indeed other security agencies are not entitled to invade their gathering, or to shoot them or to arrest and detain them, as was done in most parts of the Southeast recently.
He, therefore, wants the court to affirm the rights of citizens to express themselves on any areas of grievance without let or hindrance from the security agencies, among several other reliefs.