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IPOB: Appeal Court reserves judgement on Nigerian govt’s charges against Nnamdi Kanu

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IPOB: Enchantment Courtroom reserves judgement on Nigerian govt’s fees in opposition to Nnamdi Kanu The Abuja Division of the Courtroom of Enchantment has reserved …

IPOB: Enchantment Courtroom reserves judgement on Nigerian govt’s fees in opposition to Nnamdi Kanu

The Abuja Division of the Courtroom of Enchantment has reserved its judgement on the enchantment filed by the detained chief of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, to quash the terrorism and treasonable felony cost the Federal Authorities most popular in opposition to him.

SaharaReporters had reported that Kanu, who’s at present dealing with trial earlier than the Federal Excessive Courtroom sitting in Abuja, had by his crew of legal professionals led by Chief Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), approached the appellate court docket to interrogate the authorized competence of the cost pending in opposition to him.

Justice Binta Nyako of Federal Excessive Courtroom Abuja had struck out eight of the 15 rely cost Federal Authorities filed in opposition to the IPOB chief.

However Kanu’s legal professionals appealed in opposition to the ruling of the trial court docket on April 8 and sought the appellate court docket to assessment the ruling and struck out the remaining seven-court pending within the decrease court docket.

The lead Counsel of the IPOB chief, had insisted that the cost FG entered in opposition to his consumer had no foundation in legislation, within the enchantment dated April 29 and marked CA/ABJ/CR/625/2022, utilized to be discharged and acquitted.

Kanu equally urged the appellate court docket to order his launch on bail, pending the willpower of his enchantment.

Although the enchantment was initially fastened for October 11, following an utility the embattled IPOB chief filed for abridgement of time, the appellate court docket introduced the matter ahead for listening to.

When the matter was referred to as up on Tuesday, a three-man panel led by Justice Jummai Hanatu, mentioned it had no have to delve into the problem of bail because the substantive enchantment was ripe for listening to, in accordance with Vanguard.

Arguing the enchantment, Chief Ozekhome, SAN, alleged that his consumer was forcefully kidnapped from Kenya and illegally renditioned again to the nation.

He advised the court docket that his consumer was first arraigned on December 23, 2015 and was later granted bail on April 25, 2017.

“My lords, he was having fun with this bail with out breaching the phrases. Nevertheless, he was in his ancestral dwelling when brokers of the Respondent invaded his dwelling in September 2017. He barely escaped alive by sheer windfall and located himself first in Isreal and later in London.

“When the Appellant travelled from London to Kenya, brokers of the Respondents, on June 27, 2021, forcefully kidnapped the Appellant, tortured and renditioned him again to the nation with out following any extradition course of”, Ozekhome submitted.

He argued that beneath the Doctrine of Speciality as supplied for in part 15 of the Extradition Act, FG, must have proceeded to attempt Kanu on the five-count cost he was initially dealing with earlier than he escaped from the nation.

He argued that Kenya, being the nation from the place Kanu was arrested and terribly renditioned again to Nigeria, must have authorised his extradition.

“This allegation of his forceful abduction and rendition was by no means denied by the Respondent.

“Extra so my lords, the cost seems to present the decrease court docket a worldwide jurisdiction over offences that have been allegedly dedicated by the Appellant, with out specifying the placement or date the mentioned offences have been dedicated.

“There was no want for the decrease court docket to have retained the remaining seven-count cost.

“We’re due to this fact urging my lords to strike out the remaining counts and maintain that the Respondent has not established any prima-facie case in opposition to the Appellant for which he could possibly be tried”, Ozekhome added.

In the meantime, the federal government’s lawyer, Mr. David Kaswe, urged the court docket to dismiss the enchantment for need of benefit.

He maintained that the IPOB chief was introduced again to the nation by due strategy of the legislation.

In accordance with him, the cost has been amended seven occasions owing to the conduct of the Appellant.

“My lords, it took 4 years and large sources to get the Respondent arrested and introduced again to face the costs in opposition to him.

“The Prosecution is ever keen and wanting to proceed with trial of the Appellant.

“We’re saying that the trial court docket was even incorrect to have struck out the eight counts because it did.

“It’s only after FG has produced all its witnesses and tendered its proof that the Appellant may declare that no prima-facie case was established.

“Lastly, we urge this court docket to dismiss the enchantment for missing in benefit”, Kaswe added.

After it had listened to each side, the panel mentioned it could talk a date for the judgment.

In the meantime, the court docket has struck out one of many counts within the cost leaving six for willpower

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