Just as the Federal High Court Abuja declared the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has backed the court order.
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), said IPOB stood proscribed as the court order had sanctioned the presidential approval proscribing the group.
Malami who was present at the hearing that lasted for an hour confirmed the authenticity of the court’s order saying the “Biafra group stands proscribed.”
He said, “It is true that IPOB was proscribed by the court today. It was the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Kafarati.
“The presidential approval proscribing the group has been sanctioned, confirmed and affirmed by the court. The group stands proscribed.”
On the next step the government would take, he said, “Gazetting is the final stage and that takes an executive procedure not legislative or judicial.
“As I have said, the executive aspect has been concluded by presidential approval and the judicial aspect has equally been concluded by the granting of the order by the court.
“That means the executive and the judicial processes have been concluded.
“It clearly remains the official gazetting which is the last thing to do.”