Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has petitioned the African Union against President Buhari and the government. According to reliable sources, in the petition, IPOB allege that the Nigerian Government through the incumbent Attorney General of Nigeria including those in the judiciary have been using delay tactics to frustrate every case involving IPOB since the invasion and alleged abduction of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at his compound in Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia Abia State.
More so, one of the IPOB leaders Emma Powerful issued a statement saying that the petition became necessary as it is evident that IPOB have to explore other legal remedies outside Nigeria given that ‘due process of law is virtually non-existent in the country under the current Buhari administration’.
In addition, part of the statement reads, “Against the backdrop of well documented incidents of human rights abuses by the Nigerian Government and her security operatives, it has become necessary to escalate the matter to the African Union level given that both ECOWAS and Nigerian courts are terrified to rule against the Buhari regime in any matter concerning Biafra.
“We hope and pray that the African Union Court on Human Rights will prove to be the opposite of ECOWAS and Nigerian courts where the presidency determines every legal outcome or which judgement to obey or ignore.”
Moreover, in a letter of acknowledgement from the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, signed by Dr. Mary Maboreke, the Secretary to the Commission and addressed to the lead counsel of IPOB, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, the Commission noted that it was in receipt of the petition by IPOB against the Federal Government of Nigeria dated 5th December, 2017 and received by the Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, on the 14th of December, 2017; and that the complaint by IPOB is presently being processed for consideration by the Commission.