The federal government, Wednesday, approached the Supreme Court to quash last Thursday’s ruling of the Appeal Court, which discharged Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from all the charges preferred against him by the federal government on the ground that he was illegally brought into Nigeria from Kenya.
Among others, the FG wants the
apex court to grant a stay of the execution of the judgement of Court of Appeal of Oct 13, 2022.
The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) filed the motion. It further contains a seven-ground notice of appeal. In it, the Attorney General’s office prayed the Supreme Court to set aside the judgement of the lower court.
The federal government is contending that the Court of Appeal erred by faulting the manner Kanu was renditioned from Kenya to Nigeria after his alleged jumping bail in 2017.
Again, the federal government argues that the Appeal Court acted in error by striking out pending charges preferred against Kanu based on the fact that the trial judge had no jurisdiction to handle the matter.
The date for the hearing is yet to be stated.
Our correspodent reported that the three justices of the Court of Appeal in Abuja declared as illegal Kanu’s arrest in Kenya and his subsequent repatriation to Nigeria without following international legal principles.
The appellate court therefore discharged Kanu and ordered his unconditional release.
However, the federal government, through the attorney general of the federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, declared that the discharge does not mean acquittal, hence other legal means would be sought to try Kanu.