Court Adjourns Suit On Biafra Referendum Till January 20

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned till January 20, 2022 hearing on the suit filed by the Coalition of Northern Groups seeking a referendum to determine the fate of Biafra and other separatist organisations in Nigeria.

The adjournment came as Justice Inyang Ekwo could not sit due to official engagements.

The CNG had in June dragged the National Assembly and the Attorney-General of the Federation to Court, asking the it to compel the defendants to halt the ongoing constitutional review exercise and in its place, conduct a referendum to determine what determines Nigeria and who populates it.

The spokesperson of CNG, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, told journalists after the adjournment that the court could not sit and the suit was subsequently adjourned.

Suleiman said, “What we are doing is to save the country, ourselves and future of the country, because these people are becoming violent already. Most of the people engaged in this activity are below 50.

“So, if we allow our leaders to leave us with these people in this situation, there may be another bloodshed or civil war. That is what we want to avoid, which is why we came to the court interpret the situation.

“One of the issues for determination in the substantive suit has to do with the legal obligation of the 2nd – 4th defendants/respondents to provide a framework that will pave the way for the self-determination of the South-Eastern states and any other enclave that wants to go so as to leave the geographical entity called Nigeria before any further step is taken to review the Constitution.”

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