FG Goes To Supreme Court, Challenges Nnamdi Kanu’s Release

Nnamdi Kanu who was discharged and freed by the court (left), and President Muhammadu Buhari

By NewsBits

A Court of Appeal judgement which freed the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu has been appealed by the federal government at the Supreme Court.

In the appeal filed yesterday October 19, before the highest court by the office of Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, the federal government asked the Supreme Court to stay the execution of the October 13 Court of Appeal judgment that freed the leader of the separatist group.

The federal government in the seven-ground notice of appeal, faulted the lower court’s decision and also asked that it be set aside. The federal government claimed that the Court of Appeal erred when it faulted the manner Kanu was brought back to face trial after he jumped bail and fled the country.

It also claimed that the Court of Appeal erred when it struck out the pending charge against Kanu on the ground that the trial court no longer possessed the requisite jurisdiction to continue the trial because of the manner Kanu was returned to the country upon allegedly jumping bail. Date for the hearing of the motion for stay of execution is being awaited.

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