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Igbo Lawyers Join Suit Filed By Northern Elders Seeking Exit Of South-East Region From Nigeria

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Some attorneys from the South-East area of Nigeria have utilized to the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja to be joined as defendants in a swimsuit by a bunch of northern elders praying for the exit of the southern area from Nigeria.
The applying they mentioned, was primarily based on the agitations of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) and its chief, Nnamdi Kanu.

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The authorized practitioners led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Chuks Muoma, have been; Ukpai Ukairo, Ebere Uzoatu and Hon Obi Emuka. They sought an order of the court docket to permit them be part of within the swimsuit as representatives of the individuals of the South-East area.
In an utility for joinder filed by Victor Onweremadu on Monday in Abuja, the candidates claimed that the case of the northern elders in search of the exit of South-East from Nigeria had the potential to form the lifetime of generations of the Igbo individuals.
The movement on discover for the joinder request was introduced pursuant to order 9 rule 5 and order 26 rule 2 of the Federal Excessive Courtroom civil process rule 2019.
The northern elders had earlier filed the contentious swimsuit asking the court docket to compel the Senate President and Speaker of the Home of Representatives to hasten the exit of the South-eastern area out of Nigeria earlier than concluding an ongoing modification to the nation’s structure.
The request was one of many three prayers sought in a swimsuit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/538/2021 instituted by a bunch of elders and politicians from North led by Nastura Ashir Shariff, Balarabe Rufa’I, Abdul-Aziz Sulaiman and Aminu Adam.
Of their swimsuit, the northerners claimed in a supporting affidavit that their motion was knowledgeable by the necessity to stem the tide of violence and destruction allegedly occasioned by the agitation for secession championed by the Nnamdi Kanu-led IPOB.
The plaintiffs additionally claimed that they didn’t desire a repeat of the 1967 to 1970 civil conflict in Nigeria, which value the nation many harmless lives and properties price billions of naira.
The Lawyer Common of the Federation (AGF), the Senate President, the Speaker of the Home of Representatives and the Nationwide Meeting are all listed as defendants within the swimsuit.
Though the Igbos aren’t joined within the swimsuit, the Igbo attorneys claimed they’d an curiosity to guard within the swimsuit, therefore, their request to be made a set of defendants within the case.
Of their 12-paragraph affidavit in assist of their utility, the attorneys famous that the Northern Elders of their swimsuit didn’t suppose it crucial to hitch the individuals of the south-east or their representatives to allow the court docket hear from them.
The affidavit deposed to by one Ekenna Felix Jonathan learn partially, “That this swimsuit is so essential and a delicate matter which considerations the Indigenous Igbo talking tribe in Nigeria and has the potential to form the lifetime of the long run era of the individuals of the south-east of Nigeria and one other Indigenous Igbo talking tribe in Nigeria.
“That the Igbo Legal professionals Affiliation represented by the candidates are an Indigenous affiliation of attorneys from the south-east of Nigeria and different Indigenous Igbo talking tribes in Nigeria.
“That the Igbo Legal professionals Affiliation and its goal is to signify the curiosity of the Igbo individuals which mentioned persons are Indigenous within the south-east of Nigeria. Thus, the affiliation is and is a crucial social gathering to be joined.
“That it’s going to serve the curiosity of justice if the honourable court docket grants the appliance and joins the candidates as defendants within the swimsuit and that the plaintiffs is not going to be prejudiced if the appliance is granted”.
In the meantime, Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo has mounted November 1 for the listening to of the swimsuit.

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