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Appeal Court Reserves Judgment, Adjourns On Nnamdi Kanu Indefinitely

On Tuesday, the Court of Appeal in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, reserved judgment in the case against Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

Mike Ozekhome (SAN), a human rights lawyer who led the delegation of legal practitioners representing the IPOB leader, urged the court to dismiss the remaining charges due to a lack of credibility.

Ozekhome specifically requested that the appellate court review the trial court’s April 8 ruling, which dismissed only eight of the fifteen charges.

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He also insisted that the charge filed against him by the FG was unconstitutional. Kanu asked to be discharged and acquitted in his April 29 appeal, marked CA/ABJ/CR/625/2022.

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However, after the embattled IPOB leader filed an application for a time extension, the appellate court rescheduled the hearing for October 11 instead of October 11.

When the case was called up today, a three-member panel led by Justice Jummai Hanatu stated that there was no need to discuss bail because the substantive appeal was ready for hearing.

In arguing the appeal claim, Ozekhome claimed that his client was kidnapped from Kenya and illegally returned to the country.

He informed the court that his client was first arraigned on December 23, 2015, and then granted bail on April 25, 2017.

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“My lords, he was enjoying this bail without breaching the terms. However, he was in his ancestral home when agents of the respondent invaded his home in September 2017.

“When the Appellant travelled from London to Kenya, agents of the respondents, on June 27, 2021, forcefully abducted the appellant, tortured and renditioned him back to the country without following any extradition process,” Ozekhome added.

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He also claimed that Kenya, the country where Kanu was apprehended and extraordinary renditioned back to Nigeria, should have authorized his extradition.

Meanwhile, the FG urged the court to dismiss the appeal for lack of merit through its lawyer, Mr. David Kaswe.

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He claimed that the IPOB leader was returned to the country in accordance with the law.

He claimed that the charge had been amended seven times as a result of the appellant’s actions.

“My lords, it took four years and huge resources to get the respondent arrested and brought back to face the charges against him.

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“We are saying that the trial court was even wrong to have struck out the eight charges as it did.

“It is only after the FG has produced all its witnesses and tendered its evidence that the Appellant could claim that no prima-facie case was established.

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“Finally, we urge this court to dismiss the appeal for lacking in merit,” Kaswe added.

After listening to both sides, the panel said it would communicate a date for the judgment.

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