The Appeal Court has ordered the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Kanu has been standing trial before the Abuja high court on count charges of treasonable felony.
In its ruling on Thursday, Justice Jummai Hanatu who led the three man panel orders the release of Kanu after hearing the appeal filed by Kanu’s legal team.
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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.
Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor made the announcement via his verified Facebook page.
He wrote: “Appeal allowed , Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi KANU, discharged and acquitted.
We have won!
Victory victory victory victory
In an updated post, Ejiofor detailed why the court discharged Kanu. He wrote
“Onyendu MAZI NNAMDI KANU’s abduction and extraordinary rendition from Kenya is declared illegal and consequently constitutes a bar to further proceeding /trial .
“Court Held that It was done in clear and egregious violation of extant international laws, there is no justification whatsoever even the warrant of arrest issued in NIGERIA can not justify the illegality in the abduction and extraordinary rendition of ONYENDU MAZI NNAMDI KANU.
Can he sue for kidnapping and illegal detention? I may not agree with his agitation, however, this is a Democratic nation. He is entitled to his opinion so long he doesn’t INFRINGE on mine or engage in activities that may likely cause civil disobedience. O’tuwa.