Nnamdi Kanu, the jailed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has stated that the amended seven-count terrorism accusation brought by the Federal Government against him is false and ill-advised.
Kanu, who is still in the custody of the Department of State Service, DSS, claimed through his legal team that the modified charge was the same as the one recently dismissed by the Court of Appeal.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the Federal Government filed an amended charge in the Federal High Court in Abuja alleging that Kanu, as a member of an unlawful group, issued a deadly threat that anyone who disobeyed his sit-at-home order in the country’s south-eastern region should write his or her Will.
In a press release signed by a senior member of his defense team, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu maintained that the government had not served him with a copy of the seven-count revised accusation.
The statement reads, “From all indications, the new alleged charge has the same Charge No. FHC/ABJ/ER/383/2015, as the one already pronounced upon and struck out by the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division.
“The said intermediate court completely discharged Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and further prohibited his being tried or prosecuted in any court of law in Nigeria.
“The said judgment of the Court of Appeal is extant and still subsists to date, and has not been set aside by any superior court.
“Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s formidable team ably by the oracle of the Law – Chief Ozekhome SAN – has already promptly appealed to the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal’s ruling staying execution of its own judgment which had set Kanu free.
“The Appeal in respect thereto has been duly entered in Appeal No. SC/CR/1394/2022, at the Supreme Court, and is now awaiting a date for hearing.”
Kanu stated that since the judgement of the court of appeal still stands it would be impossible and against the law for the amended charge holds no water.
The IPOB leader alleged that after various enquiries it was revealed that the rumoured charge was surreptitiously but clandestinely filed by the Federal Government hours after the judgment of the Court of Appeal was delivered on the 13th Day of October 2022.
“The filing of the said charge was clearly ill-informed and ill-advised, because the Prosecutor (Federal Government), we presume and may want to believe, was not at that point in time aware of the details, full import and implication, of the well-delivered judgment of the Court of Appeal, at the time of filing the said charge.
“We also want to believe that this is what has led to the Federal Government’s abandonment of the charge after it was hurriedly filed.
“It is pertinent to note also that the Federal Government did not take any step to either serve the charge on our Client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu – or on our erudite lead Counsel – Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN – after it was filed; even till this moment.“ the statement added.
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