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Nnamdi Kanu: Appeal Court reserves ruling on Nigerian govt’s stay of execution application

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Monday reserved a ruling on the applying by the federal authorities searching for to remain the execution of the judgment that freed the chief of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that the three-member panel of justices led by Justice Haruna Tsammani reserved a ruling on the applying after listening to arguments from counsel for the events.

Mr Tsammani introduced {that a} date for the court docket’s ruling can be communicated to all events.

News males reported that the court docket earlier rejected the federal authorities’s request for adjournment of the listening to of the applying.

The court docket then ordered the listening to to proceed.

In his submission, the federal authorities’s lawyer, David Kaswe, advised the court docket that the applying for a keep of execution of the judgement was anchored on nationwide safety.

“If Kanu is launched, he might not be out there to face his fees in court docket as a result of he had already jumped bail earlier than.

“Releasing him will enhance the state of insecurity within the South-east,” he stated. Mr Kaswe urged the appellate court docket to grant the federal authorities’s utility and never launch Mr Kanu

Responding, Mr Kanu’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), stated the federal authorities’s keep of execution utility was a ploy to overrule the judgment of the appellate court docket.

“My lords mustn’t enable them as a result of it can trigger chaos and anarchy.

“The launch of Kanu will deliver peace to the South-east, so there is no such thing as a want to remain execution the place there is no such thing as a legitimate attraction,” Mr Ozekhome stated.

On the difficulty that Mr Kanu had earlier jumped bail, Mr Ozekhome argued that the IPOB chief didn’t leap bail however escaped for his life when his home was invaded by the federal authorities.

Mr Ozekhome additionally predicated his objection on the grounds that Mr Kanu had a terminal sickness and wanted complete medical consideration outdoors of the State Security Service (SSS) custody.

The senior lawyer requested the court docket to dismiss the applying for a keep of execution saying that he wouldn’t ask for price.

Background

A 3-member panel of the Court of Appeal led by Oludotun Adefope-Okojie had on 13 October dismissed the terrorism and treasonable felony fees in opposition to the chief of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The court docket had ordered Mr Kanu’s launch from detention after placing out a seven-count cost pending earlier than Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Mr Adefope-Okojie held that Mr Kanu’s compelled return from Kenya to Nigeria in June 2021 was a breach of native and worldwide legal guidelines.

Instead of complying with the appellate court docket’s determination ordering Mr Kanu’s unconditional launch, the workplace of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) filed an attraction on the Supreme Court.

David Kaswe, representing the AGF, Abubakar Malami, filed an utility for a keep of execution of the Court of Appeal’s verdict on the separatist chief.

At Monday’s proceedings, Mr Kaswe sought an adjournment for the listening to of the keep of execution utility.

However, the appellate court docket panel led by Haruna Tsanami ordered Mr Kaswe to open his arguments within the pending utility.

Mr Kaswe primarily based his request for an adjournment on the grounds that Mr Kanu’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, served him with a counter-affidavit to the applying final Friday.

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