Due Process Not Followed in Banning, Declaring IPOB Terrorist Organisation, Saraki Says

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The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has stated that Defence Headquarters’ classification of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist organisation and the proscription of the group by South-East governors did not follow due process.

In a statement issued on Monday, he insisted that both declarations announced last Friday by the military high command and the governors were unconstitutional and can only hold water after due processes have been followed and in accordance with the law.

The Senate President expressed optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari would initiate the right process for declaring IPOB a terrorist group, saying this would demonstrate to the world at large that “we are a country that operates by laid down process”.

He stated that the nation’s body of laws make clear provisions that should be followed before classifying an organisation as a terrorist group, adding that without following due process, such actions are of no effect.

While suing for calm from Nigerians, Saraki charged all citizens to come together and find the right solution to the problem rather than worsening the crisis. This was as he indicated plan by the National Assembly to embark on a “fact-finding mission” to the South-East.


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