Obiano, law professor clash over IPOB ban

The issue of Biafra on Monday dominated the discourse during the 2017 / 2018 legal year of the Anambra State judiciary .
While the Anambra State Governor , Willie Obiano, through his Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State , Anali Chude , described the Indigenous People of Biafra as enemies of the state for calling for a boycott of the November 18 poll in the state , Prof . Ilochi Okafor (SAN ), said the secessionist group had the right in law for agitation.
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Obiano urged the people of the state to go out en masse on November 18 to exercise their franchise without fear of any molestation .
He said, “ Enemies of the state wanted to take the advantage to plunge Anambra State into chaos by directing that elections will not hold in Anambra State .
“ It is the stand of the state government that elections must hold in Anambra State . We shall stand up to the occasion and refuse to allow people who do not wish Anambra State well to drag us into a situation whereby we will be turned into guinea pigs in the Nigerian polity . ”
But addressing the audience , Okafor said demonstration towards the realisation of the right of self - determination was recognised as fundamental rights in international law and the United Nations Charter .
He said the military had no role to play in quelling civilian demonstration when the police had not failed .
Okafor said the Igbo had faced and lived down pogroms and threats of extermination for 100 years in the country .
He added , “ There is nothing like military democracy . It is democracy pure and simple; where the rule of law is practised, where the security and welfare of citizens are paramount, without discrimination of tribe , religion , sex and ethnic origin .
“ Armies do not arrest civilians. Police do . Armies are not used against a peaceful people , or demonstration . Armies intervene where it is beyond the police, against insurrection , terrorism , and external aggression .
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“ The Igbo are a peaceful people . Demonstrations towards realisation of the right to self- determination are recognised as fundamental rights in International Law and United Nations Charter . Nigeria is bound by such law.
“ Our people were issued with quit notice to leave the North or face very dire consequences. No person has been arrested . The Army has not been stationed in the North . October 1 is the deadline and it is around the comer . Who protects our people presently in the North ; who has protected us from Fulani herdsmen ?”