Supreme Court Upholds FG’s Appeal, Orders Resumption of Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial

Supreme Court Upholds FG’s Appeal, Orders Resumption of Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial

Heavy security measures were observed today at the Federal High Court in Abuja as the Federal Government prepared to resume the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Armed security operatives cordoned off all routes leading to the court premises, allowing access only to individuals whose names were on a list held by the Department of State Services (DSS).

The Supreme Court’s decision on the matter comes after a series of legal battles surrounding Kanu’s detention and trial. The apex court faulted the Court of Appeal’s previous verdict, criticizing its reliance on international statutes rather than Nigerian law. In a lead judgement prepared by Justice Garba Mohammed and read by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the Supreme Court emphasized the need for legal proceedings to be grounded in express legislation.

Despite condemning the Federal Government’s actions as irresponsible, the Supreme Court upheld FG’s appeal and ordered Kanu to return to court to face the pending charges against him. This decision overturns the Court of Appeal’s earlier ruling, which had quashed the charges and ordered Kanu’s release.

Furthermore, the Supreme Court criticized the trial court’s revocation of Kanu’s initial bail, describing it as “totally unfair.” The court emphasized the importance of upholding legal procedures and warned against actions that could tarnish Nigeria’s image, both domestically and internationally.

Following the Supreme Court’s judgement, reports indicate that Nnamdi Kanu has dismissed his legal team. The development sets the stage for the resumption of Kanu’s trial and raises questions about the future trajectory of the case.

•Gist

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