The leader of proscribed leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has appealed to the Supreme Court to set aside the ruling of the Court of Appeal staying his execution of the court’s judgment.
Recall that the Appeal court had on October 13, discharged and quashed the terrorism charges filed against Kanu by the Federal Government and subsequently ordered his release from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
However, the Federal Government had in a stay of execution application, filed before the appellate court, argued that releasing Kanu from detention will pose a security risk to the nation.
In a ruling on Friday, October 28, 2022, the appellate court stayed the judgment.
The three-man panel lead by Justice Haruna Tsanami has now ordered that the outcome of the appeal be forwarded to the Supreme Court within seven days for expeditious hearing.
After a review of the said ruling by Kanu’s defence team led by Mike Ozekhome (SAN), a decision was taken that it should be immediately appealed against, for it to be set aside by the apex court.
In a statement on Thursday signed by Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, IPOB’s Lead Counsel, Kanu’s legal team said its position was approved by Kanu.
We are therefore by this medium, informing the general public, and UMUCHINEKE in particular, that we have filed an appeal against the said Ruling of the Court of Appeal delivered on the 28th day of October, 2022, and will proactively follow up on the administrative process to ensure that both appeals are given accelerated hearing in line with the extant Fast Track Rules of the Supreme Court.
“We shall keep everyone abreast of the development in the appeals as we progress.
“We respectfully urge you all to still remain peaceful and law-abiding, as always, and be rest assured that the Ruling of the Court of Appeal now appealed against will be reviewed on the merit by learned Justices of the Supreme Court.
“Let us reiterate for the avoidance of any doubt, that the said ruling did not interfere in any way with the status of the judgment of the Court of Appeal discharging Onyendu.
“The judgment of the Court of Appeal discharging Onyendu and striking out the seven-count charge still subsists, it has not been set aside.
“Thank you all, and remain blessed UMUCHINEKE. We move!” the statement reads.
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