Supreme Court Set to Deliver Judgment in Nnamdi Kanu's Appeals  - The Top Society

Supreme Court Set to Deliver Judgment in Nnamdi Kanu’s Appeals 


The Supreme Court is poised to announce its decision on Friday regarding the appeals brought forth by the federal government and Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The five-member panel, led by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, fixed the judgment date for October 5, following conclusive arguments by Tijani Gazali (SAN), representing the federal government, and Mike Ozekhome (SAN), counsel for Kanu.

The federal government is seeking to overturn the Court of Appeal’s previous ruling, which dismissed the treasonable felony charge against Kanu and ordered his release. The appeal is grounded on the assertion that Kanu’s return to the country, after fleeing on bail, was unlawful.

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Conversely, Kanu is urging the Supreme Court to uphold the Court of Appeal’s judgment, securing his discharge and acquittal.

During final submissions, Gazali implored the apex court to “set aside the judgment of the court below and affirm the judgment of the trial court,” emphasizing that Kanu should stand trial for the charges in question.

Ozekhome, on the other hand, called for the dismissal of the federal government’s appeal with punitive costs and advocated for the affirmation of Kanu’s cross appeal.

Ozekhome argued that Kanu has been in custody since June 29, 2021, despite the lower court’s order for his release. He urged the court to use this case as a precedent against governmental infringement on citizens’ rights, citing the Ojukwu v. Lagos State case.

The Court of Appeal, in its October 13, 2022 judgment, criticized the manner in which the federal government repatriated Kanu, faulting the violation of rules of engagement during his arrest in Kenya. The court contended that the government breached international laws and resorted to self-help by unlawfully abducting Kanu instead of filing an extradition application.

In response to the Court of Appeal’s decision, the federal government sought a stay of execution, a plea granted by the appellate court. Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court had previously struck out eight counts from the original 15-count charge against Kanu, and the Court of Appeal later quashed the remaining seven in its judgment.

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