Nigeria apex court, Supreme Court of Justice has fixed Thursday, October 5, 2023 to begin hearing on all appeals filed before it concerning the judgement of the lower Appeal Court which almost one year ago quashed and set free the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Nnamdi Kanu was set free on October 13, 2023 on the ground that he has no case to answer but since then he remained detained by the Department of State Security Service, DSS while the federal government of Nigeria filed appeal before the supreme court against the judgement of the lower court.
OsazuwaAkonedo reports that the only aspect of the case against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the three courts: High court, Appeal Court and Supreme Court have entertained for the past years is the validity and the acceptability of the 15 counts allegations leveled against the detained Biafra leader by the Federal Government. The High court considered 8 out of the 15 allegations against the detainee as baseless and lacking in substance to warrant court attention. The Appeal court voided the seven allegations accepted by the lower High Court and ordered the immediate and unconditional release of the Biafra leader on the ground that he has no case to answer. If the supreme court ruled against the Appeal Court judgement, it therefore means that the parties will now go back to the lower High Court again to start the case.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to the Biafra leader in a statement earlier in the w expressed readiness of Nnamdi Kanu team of lawyers to challenge the Federal Government at the Supreme Court.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor said in quote: “The Supreme Court of Nigeria has slated for HEARING all Appeals on Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case before the Apex Court on Thursday, 5TH OCTOBER, 2023.
“Recall that on the 13th day of October 2022, the Court of Appeal, Abuja Judicial Division, delivered a Landmark Judgment in an appeal filed by Professor Mike Ozekhome, SAN, CON, OFR, Ph.D, on behalf of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, challenging part of the Federal High Court ruling, which had retained 7 counts out of the original 15 counts against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, after striking out eight out of the 15 count charge.
“The learned Justices of the Court of Appeal, in allowing the appeal filed by our erudite Lead Counsel, Professor Mike Ozekhome SAN, directed the Federal Government of Nigeria to immediately release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally.
“The intermediate court in the Landmark decision, proceeded in the aforesaid judgement to prohibit the Federal Government of Nigeria from further detaining Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, or prosecuting him on any indictment or charge before any court in Nigeria.
“On the 5th day of October, 2023, Professor Mike Ozekhome SAN, leading Sir Ifeanyi Ejiofor, and others, will be exchanging the legal fireworks on behalf of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in urging the Supreme Court to dismiss in its entirety the frivolous appeal filed by the Federal Government of Nigeria against this landmark judgement of the Court of Appeal; and to further set aside the ruling of the Court of Appeal staying the execution of its earlier judgment.
“We are very firm, and committed to our solemn belief that the wheels of justice, though grinds slowly, but grinds exceedingly fine and towards the attainment of justice at the end of the day.
Justice shall prevail, by the grace of God. And the hour is here”.