Igbo Lawyers Affiliation seeks to be a part of suit attempting to get South-east secession


Some lawyers from South-eastern Nigeria bear requested the Federal High Court docket in Abuja to be a part of them as defendants in a lawsuit lodged by a community of northern elders praying for an exit of the Igbo speaking region from Nigeria.

Searching for to be joined as defendants in the suit implies that the lawyers are against the selling campaign for the secession of the South-eastern Nigeria being championed by the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Violence and killings attributed to IPOB and its armed cruise, the Jap Security Network (ESN), bear escalated in the region in the final one year in a brutal marketing campaign for an just Republic of Biafra constituted by the 5 South-eastern states and some aspects of the South-south region.

The seek for the just command precipitated the bloody Civil War of 1967 to 1970.

Within the suit instituted by some northern elders attempting to get court’s popularity of the South-east to secede, they known as on the court to grant their prayers to lead clear of a repeat of grotesque events of the Civil War.

The defendants sued on yarn by the plaintiffs are: the Attorney Total of the Federation (AGF), the Senate President, the Speaker of the Home of Representatives, and the National Assembly.

‘Why we are searching for to be joined’

Nonetheless the accurate practitioners from the South-east led by a Senior Recommend of Nigeria (SAN) Chuks Muoma, Ukpai Ukairo, Ebere Uzoatu and Obi Emuka filed their utility for joinder to enable them to command the accurate plan of the participants of the region whom they argue bear but to be represented in the suit.

The lawyers, who described themselves because the representatives of the participants of the South-eastern region, claimed that the case of the northern elders attempting to get the exit of South-east from Nigeria had the aptitude to shape the lifetime of the skills of Igbo participants.

Of their utility for joinder filed by Victor Onweremadu and viewed by this reporter on Monday, the lawyers of Igbo extraction claimed that they’ve pastime to give protection to in the suit, attributable to this fact, their quest to be made a discipline of defendants in the case.

Of their 12-paragraph affidavit in make stronger of their utility, the lawyers eminent that the Northern elders in their suit failed to judge it essential to be a part of the participants of the South-east region or their representatives to enable the court hear from them.

The affidavit deposed to by one Ekenna Jonathan learn in section:

“That this suit is so essential and a sensitive topic which concerns the Indigenous Igbo speaking tribe in Nigeria and has the aptitude to shape the lifetime of the long bustle skills of the participants of the south east of Nigeria and other Indigenous Igbo speaking tribe in Nigeria.

“That the Igbo Lawyers Affiliation represented by the candidates are an Indigenous affiliation of lawyers from the South-east of Nigeria and other Indigenous Igbo speaking tribe in Nigeria.

“That the Igbo Lawyers Affiliation and its aim is to indicate the pastime of the Igbo participants which acknowledged participants are Indigenous in the South-east of Nigeria. Thus, the affiliation is enthusiastic and is an foremost celebration to be joined.

“That this would possibly perchance well perchance again the pastime of justice if the honourable court grants the utility and be a part of the candidates as defendants in the suit and that the plaintiffs would possibly perchance well no longer be prejudiced if the utility is granted”.

Meanwhile, the bid, Inyang Ekwo, has mounted November 1 for listening to of the suit.


The Northern elders had in June this year filed the case asking the court to compel the Senate President and Speaker of the Home of Representatives to drag the exit of the South-eastern region out of Nigeria sooner than concluding the on-going modification to Nigeria’s constitution.

The secession seek data from is one amongst the three prayers sought in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/538/2021 instituted by the community of elders and politicians from the North led by Nastura Shariff, Balarabe Rufa’I, Abdul-Aziz Sulaiman and Aminu Adam.

Of their suit, they averred in a supporting affidavit that their action was as soon as in fact helpful by the need to stem the tide of violence and destruction being allegedly perpetrated by the agitation for secession championed by the Nnamdi Kanu-led IPOB.

The plaintiffs claimed that they live no longer desire a repeat of the 1967 to 1970 civil battle in Nigeria that resulted in wanton destruction of lives and property.


They prayed for, amongst others, a declaration that blended live of the provisions of Allotment 4 of the Nigerian constitution and Articles 1, 2, and 20(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004, the National Assembly, sued because the fourth defendant “is empowered to discipline in circulation a framework for a referendum to allow the South-eastern region of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to utilize on their disclose for self-resolution.”

They furthermore urged the court to hiss the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants ( the Senate President, the Speaker of the Home of Representatives, and the National Assembly) “to maintain a framework that will pave plan for the self-resolution of the South-eastern states so that you would possibly perchance well head away the geographical entity known as Nigeria sooner than any extra step is taken to extra amend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria can also furthermore be extra amended at any time after the seek data from of self-resolution must bear been resolved by Nigerians,” the plaintiffs added.

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