Nnamdi Kanu Takes FG to Supreme Court, Seeks Release From Detention

The embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has dragged the Federal Government to the Supreme Court over his continued detention.

Kanu, in a three-ground of appeal he filed through his team of lawyers led by a frontline constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, is challenging the ruling of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, which had on October 28, stopped the execution of its judgment that quashed the terrorism charge the FG preferred against him.

He maintained that the appellate court erred in law when it proceeded to hear and determine an application for a stay of execution of judgment in a criminal appeal, brought under Order 6, Rule I, of the Court of Appeal Rules, 2021, and Section 17 of the Court of Appeal Act of 2004, and thereby occasioned a miscarriage of justice.

According to the IPOB leader, both the Court of Appeal Rules 2021 and the Court of Appeal Act, 2004, did not make any provisions for a stay of execution of a Court of Appeal judgment in a criminal appeal delivered in a criminal appeal.

Besides, he contended that the appellate court failed to properly evaluate the evidence before it and therefore arrived at a wrong conclusion to suspend the execution of the order for his release from detention.

Consequently, he urged the apex court to set aside the order that stayed the execution of the judgment the Court of Appeal delivered in his favour on October 13.

Kanu, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, told the apex court that he would wish to be present at the hearing of the appeal.

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