Absence of judge stalls IPOB suit at Federal High Court

– IPOB says the federal government of ordering the judge to stay away from court
– The group described the ex-parte order proscribing and designating it a terror group as a black market order
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) challenged the court order of the which designated it as a terrorist organization suffered a setback following the absence of the judge who was supposed to preside over the matter.
Reacting to the absence of the judge, the pro-Biafra group accused the federal government of ordering the judge to stay away from the Federal High Court, This Day reports.
The spokesperson for the group, Emma Powerful, in a statement on Monday, October 23, said the absence of the defendants, including the presiding judge from the same court where they had obtained an exparte order, branding it as a terrorist organisation was worrisome.
He said: “It took the Attorney General of Nigeria, Chief of Defence Staff, Nigerian Army, South-east governors and Ohaneze Ndigbo less than 30 minutes to obtain their black market ex-parte order proscribing and designating IPOB a terror group.
“Today at the same Federal High Court Abuja, the same judge in the person Justice Kafarati has run away from hearing the case he himself fixed for hearing this morning, knowing full well the world is waiting for the outcome of his considered judgment given that he now has the opportunity to hear from both parties.”

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