On Thursday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, the Court of Appeal upheld Nnamdi Kanu’s appeal, the arrested leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.
Punch reported that the court also dismissed and acquitted the leader of the unlawful organization.
Kanu requested release and acquittal in his appeal, which was dated April 29 and has the stamp CA/ABJ/CR/625/2022. He was detained on December 23, 2015, and on April 25, 2017, he was released on bond.
The Federal Government is holding Kanu in Abuja for trial on 15 charges of crimes, including treasonable felony and terrorism, which he is said to have committed while advocating for Biafra.
The appeals court found that the Federal High Court lacked the power to try Kanu because of his kidnapping and unusual return to Nigeria against the OAU convention and extradition procedure.
The 15-count allegation against the IPOB leader was found to have been improperly extradited to Nigeria since it excluded the place, time, and details of the alleged crimes.
The Federal Government had not made Kanu’s arrest location public, the court further concluded, despite the severe charges against him.