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  • Updated: February 21, 2024

Nnamdi Kanu: Date for resumption of trial on terrorism charges revealed

Nnamdi Kanu: Date for resumption of trial on terrorism charg

On Monday, February 26, the Federal Government of Nigeria is scheduled to recommence the terrorism trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the self-appointed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), barring any unanticipated events.

The government decided to reopen the trial in response to the Supreme Court's December 15, 2023, ruling, which approved Kanu's trial for the remaining seven counts against him.

Allnews.ng understands that the trial will resume before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The notice stated that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF) office, as well as Kanu's primary attorney, Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), have been notified.

Allnews.ng also gathered that the Department of State Services (DSS) Director General has been notified to ensure that the IPOB leader is present in court on the designated date.

Since his arrest in Kenya on June 19, 2021, when he was transported to Nigeria by the federal government's security agency, Kanu has been under the custody of the DSS.

Despite being hit with fifteen counts of terrorism at first, Justice Binta Nyako dismissed eight of the allegations during the trial because she believed they lacked merit.

Only seven of the charges against Kanu were upheld by the judge in an April 2022 verdict, and he was directed to begin defending himself against the allegations.

The incarcerated IPOB leader did, however, have a brief reprieve when the Court of Appeal in Abuja dismissed all of the terrorism-related allegations against him in October 2022 and mandated his prompt release from DSS custody.

The Court of Appeal ruled that Kanu's trial and the charges against him were illegal, based on the illegal rendition of the Nigerian government from Kenya rather than extradition.

However, in response to an appeal the federal government filed with the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal granted a stay of implementation of its judgement dismissing Kanu on October 28, 2022.

In a decision dated December 15, 2023, the Supreme Court reversed the lower court's ruling in favour of the government.

The Apex Court directed that Kanu's trial on the seven-count charges be prolonged in a unanimous ruling that was led by Justice Garba Lawal and read by Justice Emmanuel Akomaye Agim.

Judge Lawal ruled that even if Kanu was forcibly removed from Kenya by the Nigerian government in a careless, illegal, and unlawful manner, this illegal act did not take away the court's authority to continue with his trial.

The highest court ruled that Kanu should launch a civil lawsuit against the government to challenge the allegations and be freed for his illegal abduction from Kenya, as no Nigerian legislation permitted such a move.

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