FG takes Nnamdi Kanu to Supreme Court

IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu

The Federal Government has dragged the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to the Supreme Court over the October 13 judgement of the Court of Appeal in Abuja which favoured the IPOB leader.

The government, through the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice Abubakar Malami, asked the Supreme Court for a stay of execution of the appellate court’s judgement.

The request forms one of the reliefs in a motion for a stay of execution.

The motion contained a seven-ground notice of appeal, in which the Federal Government not only faulted the lower court’s decision, but equally prayed that it be set aside.

The appellant argued, among others, that the Court of Appeal erred when it faulted the manner Kanu was brought back to face trial after he jumped bail and fled the country.

It contended further that the Court of Appeal erred when it struck out the pending charge against Kanu on the ground that the trial court no longer possessed the requisite jurisdiction to continue the trial because of the manner Kanu was returned to the country upon allegedly jumping bail.

A date for the hearing of the motion for the stay of execution is being awaited.

The Appeal Court in Abuja on October 13 declared as unlawful the abduction of Kanu in Kenya by the Federal Government.

A three-member panel of the appellate court also quashed the terrorism charge brought against him by the Federal Government.

The Court of Appeal was of the view that the Federal Government breached all local and international laws in the forceful rendition of Kanu to Nigeria thereby making the terrorism charge against him incompetent and unlawful.