The Supreme Court has fixed December 15 for judgment in the appeals filed by the Federal Government and detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The court chose the date on Thursday, October 5, 2023, after the lawyer to the Fed Govt, Tijani Gazali (SAN) and counsel to Kanu, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) made final submissions.
The Federal Government wants the court to set aside an earlier judgment by the Court of Appeal, which quashed the treasonable felony charge against Kanu and ordered his release on the grounds that he was unlawfully brought back to the country after he jumped bail.
Kanu, on his part, wants the court to allow the judgment of the Court of Appeal and set aside the later order by the stayed the execution of the judgment.
It will be recalled that the Court of Appeal in Abuja had in a judgement it delivered on October 13, 2022, ordered Kanu’s release from detention.
In a unanimous decision by a three-member panel, the appellate court equally quashed a 15-count terrorism charge that FG entered against the detained IPOB leader, before the Federal High Court in Abuja .
The court said it was satisfied that FG flagrantly violated all known laws, when it forcefully rendered Kanu from Kenya to the country for the continuation of his trial.
It held that such arbitrary use of power by the Nigerian government, divested the trial court of the jurisdiction to continue with Kanu’s trial.
However, dissatisfied with the judgement, FG took the matter before the Supreme Court.
It further persuaded the appellate court to suspend the execution of the judgement, pending the determination of its appeal.Follow us on social media:
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