The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday upheld the appeal of the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
On Thursday, 13th October 2022, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja upheld the appeal of the detained leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, discharging and acquitting him.
Nnamdi Kanu’s first arraignment was on the 23rd of December 2015, and was later granted bail on the 25th of April, 2017.
The Court of Appeal however, on Thursday declared the abduction of Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria as illegal and unlawful, and quashed the whole terrorism charges brought against him by the Federal Government.
The court of appeal held that the Federal Government breached all local and international laws in the forceful abduction of Nnamdi Kanu to Nigeria thereby making the terrorism charges against him unlawful and incompetent.
The Appeal court in a judgement by Justice Oludotun Adebola held that Nigeria failed to follow due process by way of Extradition and that was fatal to the charges of Nnamdi Kanu.
The Appeal court also held that the failure of the Federal Government to say where and when the alleged offences of Nnamdi were committed, was also fatal to the charges held against him and made them liable to dismissal.
Kanu’s lawyer and human rights activist, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, took to his Facebook page on Thursday, sharing his joy saying Nnamdi Kanu won at last.
“Appeal allowed, Oyendu Mazi Nnamdi KANU, discharged and acquitted. We have won!,” he reacted.