Kanu’s Lawyer Faults Malami’s Position On Appeal Court Verdict
•Uzodimma, Ihedioha Trade Tackles Over Judgement
It is not yet uhuru for the embattled leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, as the National Security Council has backed the position of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on the Appeal Court judgment where he maintained that the IPOB point man has not been acquitted.
This was even as the Special Counsel to the detained IPOB leader, Mr. Aloy Ejimakor, has faulted the position of the Attorney General of the Federation/Minister of Justice (AGF), Abubakar Malami, on the Court of Appeal judgment, which quashed the entire terrorism charges brought against his client and ordered his release.
A three-member panel of the Court of Appeal had in a judgment last Thursday read by Justice Oludotun Adefope-Okojie, held that the Federal Government breached all local and international laws in the forceful rendition of Kanu to Nigeria in June 2021, thereby making the terrorism charges against him incompetent and unlawful.
Malami had in his reaction to the judgment said the IPOB leader was only discharged and not acquitted by the court.
Rising from their meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, the council explained that Kanu had only been discharged, noting, however, that government would explore necessary actions available to it to press on with the matter.
Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, joined by his Interior counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola and the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, who briefed newsmen after the meeting, noted that the council did not discuss the issue of a possible political solution, which the Attorney General had broached in November 2021.
satanic and vile propaganda and falsehood being perpetrated against the governor all in the name of politics.
According to him, at no time did the Chief Press Secretary to the governor or any official of the government speak to the press concerning the Appeal Court judgment.
He also said the governor, as a law-abiding citizen of Nigeria, who believes in the rule of law, could not have queried the judgment as insinuated by the fake news.
“We are aware that Ihedioha after his ill advised attacks on Ndigbo where he called them saboteurs is desperately trying to drag His Excellency to the mud he enmeshed himself in. But this infantile stunt is a new low for him,” he alleged.
He, therefore, asked Nigerians to ignore the fake news, stressing that neither the governor nor any of his aides has reacted to the Appeal Court judgment on Kanu.
In his reaction, Ihedioha’s media aide, Chibuike Onyeukwu, dismissed the allegation, saying it was orchestrated to smear the image of the former governor by the state government.
He said: “This accusation is part of the ongoing orchestrated campaign of calumny, sponsored against my principal, by the state government.
“You will agree with me that the state government has devoted more time to churning out lies and blackmail in a futile attempt to tarnish the integrity, love and solidarity my principal enjoys across political lines in the state and beyond.
The hatred against an innocent man, who has contributed and indeed made so much sacrifice for the development of the state, can never be justified.
“His Excellency is known to everybody as a decent democrat and God fearing gentleman who would never peddle falsehood against anybody, and in this case, the state government. Therefore it is insulting to link such to him.
“However, the haste by the regime to always point accusing fingers at my principal shows how Ihediohaphobic it has become.”