Some legal practitioners from the South-East geopolitical region of Nigeria have applied to a Federal High Court in Abuja to join them as defendants in a suit filed by a group of northern elders praying for the secession of the Igbo out of Nigeria based on the agitations of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafran and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The legal practitioners led by Chief Chuks Muoma (SAN), Ukpai Ukairo, Ebere Uzoatu and Obi Emuka are asking for an order of the court to allow them to join in the suit as representatives of the people of the southeastern region.
The applicants in their application for joinder filed by Victor Onweremadu and obtained by our correspondent on Monday in Abuja claimed that the case of the northern elders seeking the exit of South-East from Nigeria had the capability to shape the life of the generation of Igbo people.
The motion on notice for the joinder request was brought pursuant to order 9 rule 5 and order 26 rule 2 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rule 2019.
The northern elders had in June this year filled the contentious suit asking the court to compel the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives to hasten the exit of the South-Eastern region out of Nigeria before concluding the ongoing amendment to the country’s constitution.
The request for a court order to compel hastening of South-East exit from Nigeria was one of the three prayers sought in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/538/2021 instituted by a group of elders and politicians from the North led by Nastura Shariff, Balarabe Rufa’I, Abdul-Aziz Sulaiman and Aminu Adam.