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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has adjourned till  July 8, 2016, to hear the suit  against the alleged killings by soldiers and other security agencies of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, members during May 30, Biafran Remembrance Day in Anambra and Delta States. At the hearing in the suit by Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, weekend, he informed the court that the respondents declined service of the court processes on the ground that the hearing date was too close.

He prayed the court for a short adjournment to enable the bailiff serve the respondents. The respondents in the suit are the President, Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Attorney-General of the Federation, Inspector-General of Police, Chief of Army Staff,  Chief of Navy Staff and  Chief of Air Staff. Adegboruwa was arguing in the suit that all Nigerians are granted the right of free assembly and association, under section 40  and also the freedom of expression, under section 39 of of the 1999 Constitution. He is contending that members of the IPOB, are entitled to assemble together in any part of the country, for the purpose of demanding for self determination, without any permit or licence. And when they so decide to gather, the police, the army, or indeed other security agencies are not entitled to invade their gathering, or to shoot them or to arrest and detain them, as was done in most parts of the South East, on May 30, 2016. He therefore, wants the court to affirm the rights of citizens to express themselves in any areas without let or hindrance from the security agencies.

By Innocent Anaba 

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