The Supreme Court is scheduled to resume the legal dispute between Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and the Federal Government on Thursday.
Currently held at the Department of State Services (DSS) detention facility, Kanu faces charges of treason and terrorism brought forth by the federal government.
This court battle has persisted since 2015.
On October 13, 2022, the Court of Appeal justices dismissed all charges against Kanu, aligning with the arguments presented by Mike Ozekhome SAN, the lead counsel for the IPOB leader.
The Court of Appeal not only absolved Kanu of the 15 Counts charge but also prohibited the FG from prosecuting Kanu for the charges he faced prior to being forcefully brought from Kenya to Nigeria on June 27, 2021, by agents of the Nigerian government, citing that it violated international laws and extradition treaties.
However, the appellate court later suspended its judgment at the government’s request through the Attorney-General of the Federation, who urged the Supreme Court to overturn the lower court’s decision. Simultaneously, Kanu’s lawyer implored the apex court to affirm the Court of Appeal’s verdict and order his client’s release.
The apex court was scheduled to have continued hearing on the respective cases within September but it could not because of its vacation.
On Saturday, Ozekhome in a short WhatsApp message to THE WHISTLER disclosed that the apex court will resume hearing on October 5, Thursday.
“The following appeal has been slated for HEARING at the Supreme Court of Nigeria Abuja, on THURSDAY the 5TH, OCTOBER,2023 ( SC/CR/1394/2022, NNAMDI KANU V.FED.REP OF NIGERIA V; and SC/CR/1391/2023, FED. REP OF NIG VS NNAMDI KANU,” Ozekhome stated.