Reports in two Nigerian major daily newspapers The Sun and Guardian (links below) and confirmed by the leadership council of the Indigenous People of Biafra is reporting that two pro-Biafran groups, Bilie Human Rights Initiative and Biafra Alliance (Australia) have presented a joint petition and summary of the ongoing court case instituted against the Federal Government to the Australian government. In a meeting organised by Biafra Alliance (Australia), in conjunction with Radio Biafra, London, in Canberra, Australia recently, the groups said the petition was part of the sensitisation programme aimed at highlighting the sufferings of Southeastern Nigerians at home.
It was gathered that the pro-Biafran groups were represented by four-man delegation led by Nnamdi Kanu, Director of Radio Biafra, London, who travelled from United Kingdom to Australia; Mazi Okezie Oguh, the leader of Biafra Alliance (Australia) and two others. The Australian government, it was learnt, was represented by high-ranking officials in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, situated at the R.G. Casey Building, on John McEwen Crescent Barton, Canberra, who received the written submission.
According to one of those who attended the meeting,Okezie Oguh, the move is “a new approach in the agitation for Biafra, which includes building meaningful international relations and exploitation of new media techniques.” He said that this is the beginning of the new phase of the struggle, “as Biafrans all over the world will be encouraged through Radio Biafra worldwide broadcast to lobby the governments of the country of their residence to lend tangible support to the peaceful and democratic agitation for Biafra.” Meanwhile, the case instituted by Bile Human Rights Initiative against the Federal Government resumes on June 25.
When the case came up on April 30, the judge had adjourned to June, when it would determine the motion by the Federal Government challenging the competence of the suit. Counsel to the Federal Government, Sola Abenla, had argued on April 30 that the suit by the pro-Biafran group was incompetent and a misnomer. He stated that the group, which instituted the suit, was not a legal entity.
The lawyer further said that the pro-Biafra group filed an amendment with another name, after they were served with preliminary objection, adding that the amendment was a fundamental error, which is a breach of the Rule 17 of the court and, therefore, should not be admitted.
Lawyer representing the pro-Biafran group, Barrister C. Emeka, in his counter argument, stated that the defence counsel had misapplied the definition of a misnomer and prayed the court to discountenance same. He stated that the amendment sought was permitted in law, while urging the judge to go ahead to determine the suit before him. The presiding judge, Justice S.M Shuaibu, had adjourned further hearing on the matter to June 25.