According to a decision made by the Court of Appeal in Abuja, the transfer of the arrested leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, from Kenya was contrary to the law, and as a result, Kanu ought to be discharged and acquitted.
The appeal that Kanu had submitted to the court opposing the criminal charges that had been brought against him was now being heard by the court.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who represents Kanu, released an update on the court order in which he stated, “UPDATE Onyendu MAZI NNAMDI KANU’s abduction and extraordinary rendition from Kenya is pronounced illegal and, as a result, creates a bar to further procedure or trial.
There is no justification whatsoever; even the warrant of arrest issued in NIGERIA cannot justify the illegality of the abduction and extraordinary rendition of ONYENDU MAZI NNAMDI KANU.
The court held that it was done in clear and flagrant violation of existing international laws; there is no justification whatsoever; even the warrant of arrest issued in NIGERIA cannot justify the illegality in the abduction and extraordinary rendition of ONYENDU MAZI NNAMDI KANU.
“Appeal approved, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi KANU is dismissed and acquitted.” We were successful! “Success victory win victory!”
Kanu has been re-arraigned before a Federal High Court on modified 15 charges touching on treasonable felony submitted against him by the Nigerian government. These counts had been brought against Kanu before.
However, on April 8 Justice Binta Nyako dismissed eight of the 15 allegations against the defendant.
In his decision regarding the preliminary objection that sought to have the charges dismissed, the court stated that counts 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 14 did not disclose any offense committed by the defendant (Kanu).
The following are the charges that were dropped from the list below: “Count 6: Made broadcasts in which he attacked officers of the Nigeria Police Force; Count 7: Made broadcasts in which he incited members of the public to hunt and assault personnel of the Nigerian Police Force.
“Court 8: Made broadcasts in which he directed members of the IPOB to manufacture bombs; Court 9: Made broadcasts on diverse dates in furtherance of terrorism against the Nigeria state and with the intent to destabilize the fundamental political and economic structures of Nigeria.
Incited members of the public to stop the Anambra governorship election. “Court 10: Made broadcasts on diverse dates in furtherance of terrorism against the Nigeria state and with the intent to destabilize the fundamental political and economic structures of
“Count 10: Incited members of the general public to do damage to public property. Threatened members of the general public not to come out on May 31, 2021, which is Count 11. Count 12: You made broadcasts with the goal of inciting members of the general public to launch a violent revolution in support of terrorist actions. Count 14 alleges that the defendant “directed members of the public to disrupt the public transport system in Lagos, resulting in significant economic loss to the governor.”
Nyako had stated that counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 15 contained claims to which the defendant was required to respond.
However, Kanu’s legal team, which was directed by Mike Ozekhome (SAN), submitted an appeal with the file number CA/ABJ/CR/625/2022. In it, they pleaded with the court to dismiss the remaining seven counts since they lacked any evidence to support them.
A request for his release on bond is also included in the appeal, which asks the court to do so awaiting the outcome of the appeal he has filed.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor Esq., the principal attorney for IPOB, issued a statement to the press in which he indicated that the decision on Kanu’s appeal will be made on October 13, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.