The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, says the statement credited to the minister of justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is only discharged but not acquitted is ‘pedestrian, puerile, and laughable’.
Malami had after the Appeal Court verdict, which ruled in favour of Kanu on Thursday, said the federal government would explore other legal options to try Kanu. According to him, Kanu was only discharged of the extraordinary rendition appeal while some other charges remained.
HURIWA made its position known in a statement by its national coordinator, Mr Emmanuel Onwubiko.
Onwubiko stated that, “The position of the Federal Attorney-General on the Court of Appeal’s considered judgement on Nnamdi Kanu is pedestrian, puerile, and laughable.
“Any further detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu would amount to active hostage-taking and an outright criminal case of kidnapping, which is actionable. We wonder why a lawyer of Malami’s illustrious status adorning the title of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria is now speaking like a one-hundred-level law student of one road-side law faculty in the corner of Nigeria.
“This holder of the high office of the AGF must take note that history won’t be kind to him for constantly being seen arguing against the principles of the Rule of Law when he ought to speak and act as the unbiased chief law officer of the federation and not of Miyetti Allah Cattle Owners Association.”
Kanu is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, and currently being detained in the custody of the Department of State Services after being renditioned from Kenya to Nigeria last year.
Appeal Court ruled that the forceful procedure he was brought to Nigeria from Kenya violated international legal principles, and discharged him.
The federal government charged him with running a proscribed group, jumping bail in 2017, and treason.
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