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IPOB: Lawyers justify call for Kanu’s freedom, submit nine judgements to AGF

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Ejiofor asked President Bola Tinubu to release Kanu and respect the various judgements, directing the IPOB leader’s release.

By Stella Woke

The legal team of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, has put additional pressure for his freedom to the Nigerian government, as it submitted a full list of judgements in the matter to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Lateef Fagbemi, at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja on June 6, 2024.

The leader of the team, Nnaemeka Ejiofor, said on Thursday that the judgements were from both domestic and international courts directing the release of the IPOB leader.

He explained that the decision to forward all the pronouncements was in response to the statement credited to the AGF that he was not aware of Kanu’s case and that his fate would be resolved by the court.

Ejiofor also asked President Bola Tinubu to release Kanu and respect the various judgements, directing the IPOB leader’s release.

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Recall that on May 24, Fagbemi, said that the offence of the detained IPOB leader was difficult and could only be resolved by a competent court of law.

He also pointed out that there was a remarkable difference between Kanu’s case and that of Omoyele Sowore.

Days earlier, Kanu’s lawyers filed a preliminary objection at the Federal High Court Abuja, asking the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, to decline jurisdiction to proceed with the trial against him.

Part of the issue for determination, was whether the court has the jurisdiction to try Kanu for any, or all the offences charged against him in Counts 1, 2, 4,5 and 8,  to quash the said counts on the ground that the law which the said counts were predicated, was unconstitutional.

Justice Nyako dismissed the request by Kanu for the restoration of his revoked bail and the removal from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), to a house arrest or prison custody.

Kanu has been in DSS custody since June 2021 when he was arrested in Kenya and has since resumed terrorism-related trial levelled against him by the Federal Government.

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