JUST IN: Supreme court to deliver judgment on Nnamdi Kanu today

Nnamdi Kanu

Supreme Court is set to deliver judgement on the appeal seeking to compel the Federal Government to release the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, from detention.

A five-member panel led by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun in October fixed the December 15, 2023 after counsel for both the Federal Government and the detained IPOB leader adopted their final briefs of argument.

While Kanu Agabi led the IPOB leader’s team of lawyers, Mike Ozehkome, presented his appeal to the apex court panel. Ozehkome prayed the court to not only order the immediate release of his client from detention but to equally award very heavy and punitive costs against the Federal Government.

In his submission, however, counsel to the Federal Government, Tijani Gazzali,  urged the apex court to uphold the amended brief of argument he filed on May 3, 2023.

Gazzali asked the court to allow FG’s appeal, set aside the judgement of the Court of Appeal which ordered Kanu’s release, and order the resumption of his trial before the Federal High Court in Abuja on terrorism-related charges.

Gazzali further urged the apex court to dismiss Kanu’s cross-appeal. On October 13, 2022, the Court of Appeal Abuja delivered a judgement ordering Kanu’s release from detention.

The Court ruled that he was abducted, ill-treated, and “illegally moved” from Kenya to Nigeria to face treason and terrorism charges.

The judges dismissed the criminal case but Nigerian prosecutors have appealed the case and Kanu has since remained in custody.