Nigerian government appeals judgment freeing Nnamdi Kanu
The federal government has appealed to the Supreme Court a Court of Appeal decision that freed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu.
The federal government asked the Supreme Court to stay the execution of the October 13 Court of Appeal judgment that freed the leader of the separatist group in an appeal filed yesterday, October 19, before the apex court by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).
The federal government faulted the lower court’s decision and asked that it be overturned in the seven-ground notice of appeal.
The federal government claimed that the Court of Appeal erred when it faulted the manner Kanu was brought back to face trial after he jumped bail and fled the country.
It also claimed that the Court of Appeal erred when it struck out the pending charge against Kanu on the ground that the trial court no longer possessed the requisite jurisdiction to continue the trial because of the manner Kanu was returned to the country upon allegedly jumping bail.
A date for the hearing of the motion for the stay of execution is being awaited.