Tuesday, 30 October 2012

News Report: Biafra Suits Open In Owerri Today

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Multiple suits(Nr.FHC/OW/CS/102/2012) have been filed by a new pro-Biafra organization against the Federal Government of Nigeria for the Self-determination and Independence of Biafra” and “an order seeking restraint on the part of the Federal Government of Nigeria and her agents from the continued intimidation, harassment and threat to life of the publishers and distributors of Eastern Pilot Newspaper and violation of the publication’s freedom of expression as guaranteed under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”

Hearing on the suits open today at the Federal High Court of Nigeria in the Owerri Judicial Division. Owerri is the capital city of Imo State, one of the states in South-Eastern Nigeria.

The organization, Bilie Human Rights Initiative with headquarters in Owerri, claims in its membership form obtained by chidi opara reports to be "a human rights organization advocating for the rights of the indegenous people of Biafra by the rule of law".

It claims further to be "registered by the United Nations and the Federal Government of Nigeria to advocate for the rights of the indigenous peoples which includes their right of self-determination and the control of their natural resources under the United Nations charter and the African charter on human and peoples rights".

Secretary-general of Bilie Human Rights Initiative, Mr. Eddy Anyanwu told chidi opara reports on phone earlier today that "there would be a world news conference later today".

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