Alleged Terrorism: Appeal Court discharges Nnamdi Kanu, challenges High Court’s jurisdiction


The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has struck out the remaining seven counts charge against the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and discharged him of alleged terrorism brought against him by the Federal Government.

A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal in its ruling added that Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to try him in view of his abduction and extraordinary rendition to Nigeria

The panel said the move is a flagrant violation of the OAU convention and protocol on extradition.

The court noted that the act of abduction and extraordinary rendition of Kanu from Kenya without due process is a violation of his right.

The court held that the Federal Government failed to disclose where Nnamdi Kanu was arrested despite the grave allegations against him.

It added that the manner in which Nnamdi Kanu was procured and brought before the court was not evaluated by the lower court, before assuming jurisdiction to try him.

The court further held that the trial judge was in grave error to have breached the right to fair hearing of Nnamdi Kanu

Kanu has repeatedly called for the breakaway of southern Nigeria to form the Republic of Biafra.

Kanu was also accused of instigating violence especially in the Southeastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, para military, police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities.



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