Nnamdi Kanu heads to Appeal Court on Terrorism Charge

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, is allegedly heading to the Court of Appeal to challenge the modified seven terrorist charges selected by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

According to a copy of court papers received by journalists on Monday, May 2, the IPOB leader is contesting the court’s final decision to retain counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 15.

Kanu’s attorneys, including Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and Ifeanyi Ejiofor, argued in their plea to the federal high court that the charges against him are legally defective.

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Ozekhome, who highlighted that his client was “unlawfully, brutally, and exceptionally renditioned from Kenya without his consent,” also contended that the court lacked jurisdiction to trial him on the basis of an incompetent accusation.

He further claimed that the allegations against Kanu were allegedly committed outside of the nation and that the court lacks authority to hear the case.

“The charges appears to give this court a global jurisdiction over offenses that were allegedly committed by the defendant, without specifying the location or date the said offenses were committed,” Ozekhome said.

He further said that under the Federal High Court Act, the location of the offense must be disclosed.

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Shuaibu Labaran, the Federal Government’s lawyer, has asked the court to dismiss Kanu’s application and order the prosecution to present its case.

He contended that the application would interfere with the content of the matter, which had yet to be heard.

However, in the suit filed by Ozekhome and Ejiofor at the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, Nnamdi Kanu claimed that the trial judge erred in law by failing to “consider, make findings of facts, and accordingly pronounce on issue one raised for the trial court’s determination, relating to the appellant’s extraordinary rendition, and thereby occasioning a miscarriage of justice.”

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Among the reliefs being sought-after in the appellate court included, “an order of this Honourable court allowing the appeal and setting aside in its entirety, the ruling/final decision of the learned trial court, retaining counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 15 of the amended charge.

“An order of this Honourable court upon granting relief an above, dismissing the remaining counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 15 and, accordingly discharging the appellant on those counts.

“An order of this Honourable court terminating the entire charge and discharging the appellant.

“And for such further order or orders as the Honourable court may deem fit to make in the circumstances of this appeal.”


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