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HURIWA Commends High Court Proscription Of IPOB As A Terrorist Organization

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Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has commended the recent ruling by a Federal High Court in Enugu State that declared the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organization unlawful and illegal.

In a statement by it’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, shortly after the ruling, described the court’s decision, delivered by Justice A.O. Onovo, as a beacon of hope for the protection of individual liberties and the upholding of the rule of law.

HURIWA acknowledged that self-determination is a fundamental human right, as affirmed by the court ruling, and should not be treated as a criminal offense. “We stand in solidarity with the principles of justice and the preservation of the rights of all citizens”.

It furthermore emphasized the importance of non-violent approaches to pursuing any political or social cause. “In this regard, we urge the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to embark on a path of democratic reform, transparency, and purpose-driven actions. It is essential for the organization to disassociate itself from any form of violence, which it has repeatedly denied, and to operate lawfully within the bounds of the Nigerian legal system”.

Hence, HURIWA called upon IPOB to recognize the jurisdiction of the competent courts in Nigeria and refrain from any actions that may encourage their members to confront law enforcement agents, stressing that the court’s decision has set a precedent for peaceful and legal engagement in the pursuit of their objectives.

 

In conclusion, HURIWA applauded the court’s ruling as a crucial step in protecting individual rights and ensuring a just and democratic society. “We encourage all parties involved to respect the rule of law and engage in constructive dialogue to address the concerns of the people, ensuring that justice and democracy prevail.

“It is our hope that this historic decision will be a catalyst for positive change and an era of respect for human rights in Nigeria, and we remain committed to championing the cause of justice and individual liberties”.

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