Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, slammed the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, on Friday for suggesting the Federal Government would bring new charges against him.
Kanu asserted that Malami was mistaken and that the Federal Government’s decision to file new charges against him was unlawful.
He responded to the Appeal Court decision that released and acquitted him through his special counsel, Aloy Ejimakor.
Kanu was cleared of the terrorism-related accusations brought against him by the Nigerian government by the Appeal Court yesterday.
Kanu was unlawfully taken from Kenya by Nigerian agents, according to a three-judge panel of the appeal court. This was done using a procedure known as extraordinary rendition, which legal experts classify as an abduction.
The courts ruled that unless federal authorities provided an explanation for why they relocated Kanu from Nairobi to Abuja in June 2022, the Nigerian government could not prosecute Kanu for any crimes committed within the nation.
Speaking with Newsmen, Ejimakor said: “The AGF is wrong. If the FG refuses or stalls on releasing Kanu merely because it desires to initiate further or new charges, it will amount to a holding charge situation which has been held as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
“Further, no new charge can stick against Kanu because, in the present circumstance, the extraordinary rendition is an abiding factor that has created a permanent barrier to his prosecution, at least for now.
“The judgment of the Court of Appeal has grandfathered a continuing lack of prosecutorial jurisdiction, which can only be overcome by a few things I am not at liberty to disclose here because it will amount to giving legal advice to the FG. Yet, before any further charge can have a toga of legality or constitutionality, Kanu has to be released first.”
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