Appeal Court sitting in Abuja discharges IPOB leader

Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has discharged the embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.

Mr. Kanu is being prosecuted by Federal Government at the Federal High Court in Abuja for fifteen count charges bordering on treasonable felony, terrorism and offences he allegedly committed in the course of his separatist campaigns.

A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal however said, Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to try him in view of his abduction and extraordinary rendition to Nigeria in flagrant violation of the OAU convention and protocol on extradition.

The court held that the fifteen-count charge preferred against Mr. Kanu did not disclose the place, date, time and nature of the alleged offences before being unlawfully extradited to Nigeria in clear violation of international treaties.

It’s further held that Federal Government failed to disclose where Mr. Kanu was arrested despite the grave allegations against him.
The court noted that the act of abduction and extraordinary rendition of him from Kenya without due process is a violation of his right.