Breaking News: Supreme Court fixes Dec 15 to determine Nnamdi Kanu’s fate: On Thursday, the Supreme Court set a December 15 deadline for its decision on the appeal requesting that the Federal Government free Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the imprisoned Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB, from custody. EnoughInfo
Former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr. Kanu Agabi, SAN, headed the legal team representing FG, while Mr. T. A. Gazzali, SAN, Acting Director, Civil Appeals at the Federal Ministry of Justice, led the team representing Kanu.
Prof. Mike Ozehkome, SAN, headed Kanu’s legal team, but it was Agabi, SAN, who made the presentation of his appeal before the Supreme Court panel.
In addition to requesting that his client be released from custody immediately, Ozehkome, SAN, asked the court to impose “very heavy and punitive cost” on FG.
“We urge my lords to uphold our Cross-Appeal in order to do substantial justice to this matter and to the Respondent who has been in detention since June 29, 2021, even after the lower court ordered his release and that he should never be prosecuted again on the same counts.
“They are still holding him unconstitutionally. We pray my lords to deliver justice and use this case, just like in Ojukwu Vs State, to demonstrate that no man or government should be above the law,” Ozehkome, SAN, pleaded.
Gazzali, SAN, the attorney for FG, sought the supreme court to maintain the modified brief of argument that he submitted on May 3, 2023, in his submission.
He begged the court to grant FG’s appeal, overturn the Court of Appeal’s decision ordering Kanu’s freedom, and enable his trial on terrorism-related charges to resume before the Federal High Court in Abuja. The supreme court was also persuaded to reject Kanu’s cross-appeal by Gazzali, SAN.
Breaking News: Supreme Court fixes Dec 15 to determine Nnamdi Kanu’s fate
It will be remembered that on October 13, 2022, the Court of Appeal in Abuja issued an order for Kanu’s release from custody.
The appeal court also dismissed a 15-count terrorist allegation filed by the Federal Government against the arrested IPOB leader before the Federal High Court in Abuja, ruling in a unanimous fashion by a panel of three judges.
The court said that it was convinced that when FG forcibly returned Kanu from Kenya to the nation so that his trial could continue, it had flagrantly broken every law known to man.
It concluded that the Nigerian government’s capricious use of power had deprived the trial court of the authority to carry out Kanu’s trial.
FG, however, appealed the decision to the Supreme Court because they were unhappy with it. It also convinced the appellate court to postpone the judgment’s implementation while its appeal is being resolved.