The Supreme Court will on Thursday, October 5th, 2023, hear all appeals in cases involving Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Recall that on the 13 October, 2022, the Court of Appeal in Abuja had delivered a judgment in an appeal filed by Kanu’s counsel, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, challenging parts of the Federal High Court’s ruling.
The Federal High Court had retained seven counts out of the original 15 counts against Kanu, after striking out eight out of the 15-count charge.
The Court of Appeal, in allowing the appeal filed by Ozekhome, had directed the Federal Government to immediately release Kanu unconditionally.
The intermediate court proceeded in the aforesaid judgement to prohibit the Federal Government from further detaining Kanu, or prosecuting him on any indictment or charge before any court in Nigeria.
However, a statement by Kanu’s lead Counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said during the resumed hearing, the Supreme Court will be urged to dismiss the appeal filed by the Federal Government.
A statement signed by Ejiofor reads: “On the 5th day of October, 2023, Prof. Mike Ozekhome SAN, leading Sir Ifeanyi Ejiofor Esq., and others, will be exchanging the legal fireworks on behalf of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in urging the Supreme Court to dismiss in its entirety the frivolous appeal filed by the Federal Government of Nigeria against this landmark judgement of the Court of Appeal; and to further set aside the ruling of the Court of Appeal staying the execution of its earlier judgment.
We are very firm, and committed to our solemn belief that the wheels of justice, though grinds slowly, but grinds exceedingly fine and towards the attainment of justice at the end of the day.”