Saraki Faults IPOB’s Proscription, Insists On Due Process

In Nigeria

Senate President Bukola Saraki has faulted the proscription of IPOB by governors of the South East states and the categorization of the group as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian military, saying such pronouncements are unconstitutional and does not follow due process.

In a statement he personally signed yesterday, Saraki noted that the nation’s laws make clear provisions for taking such actions and that without the due process being followed, such declaration cannot have effect.

“I am sure the President will do the needful by initiating the right process. This will go a long way in demonstrating to the world at large that we are a country that operates by laid down process under every circumstance. So, those who have been hammering on this point should maintain their cool”, he noted.

Saraki hinted that the National Assembly was planning to embark on a fact-finding investigation to determine “what actually happened during the period of the military exercise in the South-east.

“We want to be able to sift the facts from the fiction and determine who did what. It is quite clear that all the facts are not yet known.

We assure Nigerians that there will be no cover up. We intend to lay the facts bare”, he stated.

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