Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Tuesday, published an extract of the Appeal Court judgement that makes the refusal of attorney general and minister of justice Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, to release Kanu as ordered by the court illegal. Kanu is being detained in the custody of the DSS.
The court last Thursday discharged Kanu, citing that the manner of his rendition from Kenya to Nigeria is illegal. Kanu was charged with running a proscribed group, jumping bail and treason.
But Malami said the ruling of the court did not mean ‘acquittal’.
Ejiofor posted: ‘We are delighted to make public, the paragraph of the Court of Appeal Holding in their Judgement, which buried the frivolous criminal charge against Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and totally prohibited the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) from coming up with any criminal charge or indictment against Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. This Holding is more fortifying and sacrosanct. It is the last straw that broke the camel’s back, a boil in the scrotum and can never be circumvented. There is no escape route for the oppressors here!
‘Please, carefully read the erudite Holding on the Lead judgement allowing Onyendu’s appeal, as reproduced herein, and possibly, infer layman interpretation for proper understanding of the judgement:
‘”… _the consequence of this section, I hold, is that the Appellant is prohibited from being detained, tried, or otherwise dealt with in Nigeria for or in respect of any offence allegedly committed by him before his extraordinary rendition to Nigeria. The Lower Court has no jurisdiction, I further hold, to try the Appellant on counts 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5, 8 and 15 which were retained by it, being charges allegedly committed by the Appellant prior to his extraordinary rendition._
‘_In addition, by the forcible abduction and extraordinary rendition of the Appellant from Kenya to this country on the 27th day of June 2021, in violation of international and state laws, the Lower Court and indeed any Court in this country is divested of jurisdiction to entertain charges against the Appellant and I so hold.”
– Hon. Justice Oludotun Adefope-Okojie (page 42 of the Lead Judgement).
‘Justice delayed, is not justice denied! Justice prevailed through the grace of the Almighty Chukwuokike Abiama!’
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