Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, is allegedly preparing to appeal to the Court of Appeal against the modified seven terrorist charges authorised by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
According to a copy of court documents received by news organisations on Monday, May 2, the IPOB leader is contesting the court’s final decision to keep counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 15.
Kanu’s attorneys, led by Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had argued in their appeal to the federal high court that the accusations against him are legally deficient.
Ozekhome stated that his client was “unlawfully, forcibly, and extraordinary renditioned from Kenya without his permission” and that the court lacked authority to trial him on the basis of an incompetent accusation.
Additionally, he stated that the allegations against Kanu were allegedly committed outside of the nation and that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.
“The charges appears to give this court a global jurisdiction over offences that were allegedly committed by the defendant, without specifying the location or date the said offences were committed”
Additionally, he asserted that under the Federal High Court Act, the location of the offence must be notified.
According to the suit filed by Ozekhome and Ejiofor at the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, the trial Judge erred in law by failing to “consider, make factual findings, and accordingly pronounce on issue one raised for the trial court’s determination, relating to the appellant’s extraordinary rendition,” and thus resulting in a miscarriage of justice.
Kanu is presently on the lookout for;
“An order of this Honourable court allowing the appeal and setting aside in its entirety, the ruling/final decision of the learned trial court, retaining counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 15 of the amended charge. “An order of this Honourable court upon granting relief a above, dismissing the remaining counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 15 and, accordingly discharging the appellant on those counts. “An order of this Honourable court terminating the entire charge and discharging the appellant. “And for such further order or orders as the Honourable court may deem fit to make in the circumstances of this appeal.”