President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Buratai, have been sued over the tension currently ongoing in Abia state between security operatives and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The suit was instituted by the prominent Igbo pressure group, the Alaigbo Development Forum (ADF).
The Sun reports that the suit was filed at the Federal High Court in Enugu on Thursday, September 14.
The group is reportedly asking the court for an order of immediate withdrawal of the soldiers of the Nigerian Army in the entire southeastern part of Nigeria.
The organisation seeks a declaration that “the action of the defendants, especially the 1st defendant (Buhari), in calling out, operationally engaging or deploying the armed forces of the Federation to the south eastern part of the country is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”
The ADF is represented by a team of seven lawyers led by Max Ozoaka who want the deployment of the soldiers to the southeast as illegal for the fact that there is no anarchy in the region to warrant the action.
It was earlier reported how the Nigerian Army said it was not directly involved in ongoing operation to restore law and order in Oyibo local government area of Rivers.
Col Aminu Iliyasu, spokesman of the 6 Division of the Nigerian army, Port Harcourt, said this in an interview in Port Harcourt on Thursday, September 14.