The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was ordered to be released by the Court of Appeal, but now the Supreme Court of Nigeria has overturned that ruling, according to Arise Tv. In his ruling, Justice Emmanuel Agim underlined that the trial must go forward in spite of the government’s unlawful acts, such as a military raid on Kanu’s residence and his subsequent extradition from Kenya.
While criticizing the government’s tactics, the top court made it clear that Nigerian law does not now allow for a trial to be stopped because of prosecutorial misconduct. The court made it clear that legislation had to take this into account. It recommended that Kanu file a civil lawsuit to rectify the violation of his fundamental rights.
With this ruling, the trial of Nnamdi Kanu on the remaining seven counts of terrorism and treason will resume at the Federal High Court. The Court of Appeal in Abuja had earlier, on October 13, 2022, ordered Kanu’s release by striking out charges of terrorism and treasonable felony filed by the Nigerian government. However, the government appealed this decision at the Supreme Court, securing an order to remand Kanu pending the appeal’s determination.
The Court of Appeal, led by Jummai Sankey, had asserted that the lower court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit. It highlighted the extraordinary rendition of Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria in June 2021, stating that it violated Nigeria’s extradition treaty and infringed upon the fundamental human rights of the IPOB leader….PROCEED.FULL.READING>>>