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IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Discharged of Terrorism Charges

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Recall that KANU was arrested in June 2021 in Kenya over treason charges. However, he was extradited to Nigeria after escaping from the country while on bail in 2017. In 2016, he had remanded in prison by Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja on the charges of terrorism.

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the IPOB known as the Indigenous People of Biafra, has been discharged and acquitted during the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja. Kanu appealed for the sake of quashing the terrorism charges that the Federal Government brought against him. He had gone against the order of Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja, which ordered him to answer seven charges out of the fifteen charges of terrorism that were against him. He has appealed that the charges against him be quashed and that he be set free on various grounds.

Many have said that the offences were not committed in Nigeria. Ozekhome then submitted that following section 15 of the Extraction act; the IPOB leader was not supposed to be charged without getting approval from the Kenyan government. He also argued that the section and location where the offence was committed must be mentioned when charging for an offence. But that was not so in this case. He then contended that by section 45 of the Federal High Court Act, the Court has no global jurisdiction. He said that there was no need for the Federal High Court to retain the remaining counts. He, therefore, urged the panel to take over the charges and strike them out.

Written by: Deborah Oyinloye

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