- The Court of Appeal in Abuja has discharged and acquitted the detained leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu
- A three-man panel of the appellate court dismissed the allegations of terrorism and treasonable felony against Kanu
- Some human rights activists have called on the federal government to immediately release the IPOB leader
FCT, Abuja – The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has discharged the embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu is being prosecuted by the federal government at the Federal High Court in Abuja for 15 count charges bordering, including treasonable felony and terrorism, offences he allegedly committed in the course of his separatist campaigns.
Channels Television reports that a three-man panel of the Court of Appeal said the Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to try him in view of his abduction and extraordinary rendition to Nigeria in flagrant violation of the OAU convention and protocol on extradition.
The court held that the 15-count charge preferred against Kanu did not disclose the place, date, time and nature of the alleged offences before being unlawfully extradited to Nigeria in clear violation of international treaties.
The court further held that the federal government failed to disclose where Nnamdi Kanu was arrested despite the grave allegations against him.
Deji Adeyanju, Sowore call for Kanu’s immediate release
On their part, human rights activists, Deji Adeyanju and Omoyele Sowore have asked the federal government to immediately release Kanu following the Appeal Court ruling.
While Sowore, the African Action Congress presidential candidate, tweeted #FreeNnamdi Kanu
Adeyanju, in a video on his Facebook page, said the IPOB leader must be freed immediately.
Nnamdi Kanu: Mike Ozekhome writes Buhari, seeks ‘political solution’
Recall that Mike Ozekhome, the chief counsel to Kanu recently wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari demanding the immediate release of his client.
In the letter dated Monday, October 3, Ozekhome premised his petition on the need to seek a political solution to the travails of the embattled IPOB leader.
The letter, which has in copy Abubakar Malami, the minister of justice, Ozekhome asked the president to direct the Attorney General of the Federation to facilitate the release.
Census exercise can address Igbo marginalization, says Hope Uzodimma
Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state has called for grassroots sensitization on the need for southeast residents to participate in the 2023 population and housing census.
The Imo governor also assured the National Population Commission in the state of every necessary support they need to ensure that the exercise turns out well.
According to the governor, the census exercise is an opportunity for the southeast to address its perceived marginalization.