The Abuja Court of Appeal sitting on Tuesday, September 13, has given its judgment to an appeal filed by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, -IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, to quash the terrorism and treasonable felony charge the Federal Government has labeled against him.
The IPOB leader, who faced trial before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, through his lead counsel, Mike Ozekhome, the SAN, had approached the appellate court to ask about the legal competence of the charge against him. He specifically asked the appellate court to review the April 8 ruling of the trial court which canceled only 8 out of the 15-count charge.
Remarking that the charge the Federal Government had labeled against him had no basis in law, Kanu’s appeal dated April 29 and marked CA/ABJ/CR/625/2022, had applied to be discharged and acquitted from his charges, additionally appealing to the court to order his release on bail, until the determination of his appeal.
Though the appeal was initially fixed for October 11, however, following an application the embattled IPOB leader filed for abridgment of time, the appellate court brought the matter forward for hearing.
The panel, after listening to both parties, will communicate a date for judgment at a later time.