From DAVID ONWUCHEKWA, Nnewi
A legal battle for the actualization of Biafra Republic kicks off on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at the Owerri Federal High Court in Imo State. The plaintiff, Bilie Human Rights Initiative,dropped the hint in a statement made available to Sunday Sun by its spokesperson,Comrade Arinzechukwu Awogu. In the statement signed by the group’s Secretary General,
Elder Eddy Anyanwu, the body said that by the legal action, it had made good its threat to take the Nigerian government to court over Biafra’s quest for independence and other unresolved issues from the Nigeria-Biafra war. These, it said, included the use of starvation as legitimate instrument of warfare, the bombing of civilian targets, the 20 per account holder policy, the abandoned property saga and the indigenization policy enacted and implemented before the recovery of the war weary people of Biafra. The statement reads in part “On behalf of the indigenous people of Biafra, Bilie Human Rights Initiative has filed the Suit No. FHC/OW/CS/102/2012 in the Federal High Court of Nigeria in the Owerri Judicial Division against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Attorney-General of the Federation seeking to enforce the rights of indigenous people of Biafra to self-determination and independence.
“The said suit brought by way of originating summons requires the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Attorney-General of the Federation to appear in court to answer some questions. The matter comes up on October 30, 2012. “For the first time since the Nigeria-Biafra war ended 42 years ago, Biafra adherents, determined to forge a new nation still in the name and title of Republic of Biafra with its land, littoral and continental shelves, have dragged Nigeria as represented by President Goodluck Jonathan and the Attorney General of the Federation to Owerri Federal High Court over the inalienable rights of the descendants of the ancestors of Biafraland who are the remnants that were not consumed by the 1967-1970 genocidal war in which about three million Biafrans were killed, to self-determination and thus are praying the court to pronounce the territory as it was during the pre 1967 years and sovereign in the light of relevant charters on human and peoples rights, realities of the incompatibility of those who make-up the geo-space called Nigeria among others.”
Comrade Awogu said Bilie Human Rights Initiative had commenced what would eventually lead to a peaceful and coordinated political and economic freedom for the people of Biafra. “We are using legal method in our approach. We are in court to seek legal clarity on our right to self-determination vis-a-vis our inalienable rights to decide our political future under Biafra geo-space. I consider that, with this legal action, we in Bilie Human Rights Initiative have decided to fast-track our legal effort to compel the Nigerian government to among other things cease arresting anybody answering to or wearing Biafran emblem, insignia or any material that reflects their belief in Biafra.
This is to make it possible for law in Nigeria to give clarity on this very important issue and to prevent the Nigerian state from using intimidation and unlawful acts to suppress the agitation for Biafra. “We need to put this thing in law, to test the validity of the claims by Nigeria. We will be asking the Nigerian government in court to tell the world if the word “Biafra” is a crime,” the statement further said.