Alleged terrorism: Court of Appeal releases Nnamdi Kanu and challenges High Court’s jurisdiction : TV360 Nigeria

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has struck out the remaining seven charges against the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and acquitted him of the terrorism allegations brought against him by the Federal Government.

A three-man Court of Appeal panel added in its decision that the Federal High Court had no jurisdiction to try him given his extraordinary abduction and rendition in Nigeria.

The panel said that this decision is a flagrant violation of the OAU convention and protocol on extradition.

The court noted that the act of extraordinary removal and restitution of Kanu from Kenya without due process is a violation of his right.

The court found that the federal government had not disclosed where Nnamdi Kanu had been arrested despite the serious allegations against him.

She added that the manner in which Nnamdi Kanu was procured and brought before the court was not assessed by the lower court, before declaring itself competent to try him.

The court further held that the trial judge made a serious error by violating Nnamdi Kanu’s right to a fair trial.

Kanu has repeatedly called for the separation of southern Nigeria to form the Republic of Biafra.

Kanu has also been accused of inciting violence, particularly in southeastern Nigeria, which has resulted in loss of life and property among civilians, military, paramilitaries, police forces and destruction civil institutions and symbols of authorities.

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