Appeal Court Judgment: ‘Release Nnamdi Kanu Now’ – Ozekhome Writes AGF, SSS

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Following the judgement of the Court of Appeal delivered on 13th of October discharging the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, his lead counsel Chief Mike Ozekome, SAN, has written to  the Honorable  Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN and the Director General of the State Security Service demanding his immediate and unconditional release.

In the letter dated October 17, 2022 addressed to both the AGF and the DG SSS,  Ozekhome premised his demand on the judgment of the Appellate Court which struck out all the charge against Kanu.

The letter to the DG SSS reads in part:

Recall that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was forcibly abducted from Kenya and was consequently extraordinarily renditioned   to Nigeria.   Upon being brought  before  the  court  on the 29th day  of June, 2021, the court  directed   that   he  be  remanded    in  the  facility  of  the  State Security  Service.  Mazl Nnamdi Kanu has been in  your custody   from the  said  29th June,  2022,  till  date.

Following  the  heinous  manner  in which  he was abducted  and consequently  renditioned  to Nigeria,  we challenged the jurisdiction of   the   court   to   try   Mazi   Nnamdi   Kanu,  predicated   on   this extraordinary    rendition,   amongst  other  grounds.   The  trial  ~curt partly upheld the preliminary   objection and consequently struck out 8 out  of  the  15-count  amended charge pending  against   Nnamdl Kanu.     

Being  dissatisfied   with  the  said  decision   of the  trial  court,  we appealed against same

The Court of Appeal while delivering its judgement  on the  13th day of October,  20l2,  unanimously condemned the  extraordinary rendition  of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya  to Nigeria and the gross violations of his  rights. The Court of Appeal consequently allowed the

appeal. The ruling of the Federal High Court, Abuja, per Hon. Justice B.F.M.  Nyako, delivered  on the 8th April, 2022, was accordingly  set aside by the Appellate.

The Charge No:  FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015,  which had been pending against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu since 2015, was consequently terminated and struck out, and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was discharged by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal further unanimously  held that  the extraordinary  rendition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is a permanent  bar to any prosecution  or indictment against Mazi Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in any court in Nigeria.   It becomes     incumbent      on    you   to   IMMEDIATELY      and UNCONDITIONALLY         release  Mazi Nnamdl     Kanu    presently    held    in your  custody,    in compliance  with  the said Judgment    

On the strength   of this  Judgment   of a superior   court  of record, we respectfully  urge  your good office to:

  1. immediately    comply with  the   Judgment  of  the  Court  herein attached.
  2. order the immediate  and  unconditional   release   of Mazi  Nnamdi

Kanu,  now being illegally held in solitary confinement  in  your facility,

Read full letters below:

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