Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), had his criminal charges thrown out and his release ordered by the Court of Appeal. On Thursday, the Supreme Court set the date of December 15 for its ruling on the Federal Government’s appeal of that decision.
Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun set the date for the judgment after hearing arguments from Mike Ozekhome SAN, Kanu’s attorney, and Tijani Gazali SAN, who represented the Federal Government.
In its argument, the Federal Government requested that the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which upheld seven count allegations against Kanu, be upheld so that he can be tried.
In opposition, Ozekhome maintained that the Federal Government has unlawfully and fraudulently detained Kanu since 2021.
He argued that the Court of Appeal’s decision to dismiss the allegations against Kanu and order his immediate release be upheld.
The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, dismissed the remaining seven counts of criminal charges brought against Kanu by the Federal Government at the Federal High Court in Abuja on October 13, 2022, based on an appeal lodged and argued by Ozekhome.
In a previous ruling, the high court retained seven of the original 15 charges against Kanu after dismissing eight of the original 15 counts.
While dismissing eight allegations, Justice Binta Nyako determined that Kanu had questions to answer on seven other counts.
Details to come.