On Friday, the Ohanaeze Youth Council OYC told Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to be careful about what he says about the Court of Appeal’s decision.
This happened after the Court of Appeal ordered the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB.
460PLAY said earlier that the Court of Appeal in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, upheld Nnamdi Kanu’s appeal on Thursday, October 13, 2022. Kanu is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which is currently in jail.
The court also discharged and acquitted the embattled leader of IPOB.
Reacting immediately to the decision of the Appeal Court to discharge Kanu, AGF Malami, in a statement signed by the spokesperson, Dr. Umar Jibril Gwandu, Mr Malami said the appeal court only discharged Kanu and did not acquit him.
The statement said, “The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has heard about the Court of Appeal’s decision about the trial of Nnamdi Kanu.”
“Just so there’s no doubt, and according to the court’s decision, Kanu was only let go and not found not guilty.
“Consequently, the appropriate legal options before the authorities will be exploited and communicated accordingly to the public.
Malami’s statement was given to 460PLAY on Friday. The Ohanaeze Youth Council, led by Igboayaka O Igboayaka, responded quickly by saying that the Council strongly warns against the dangers that could happen if the case is settled in court or if Nnamdi Kanu’s release is delayed any longer.
The council said, “The Federal High Court doesn’t have the power to try Kanu because he was kidnapped and sent to Nigeria against his will, which is a clear violation of the OAU Convention and Protocol on Extradition.”
OYC reminded everyone that trying to settle the case in court would definitely lead to “increased hatred and ethnic division.”
“Why would Malami insist that the Nigerian government will keep going with the Nnamdi Kanu trial and look into other options after Thursday, October 13, 2022, when a three-person panel of the Court of Appeal meets?”
“Why on earth would Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu say that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was only discharged, not acquitted, and that the government will look into other legal options for his trial? Igboayaka asked, “Why would he say that the decision made by the court of appeal was about a single issue that was close to rendition?”
OYC asked AGF Malami to “stop heating up the legal battle between Nnamdi Kanu and the federal government” and instead “embrace the political solution initiated by Prof. George Obiozor, which President Mohammadu Buhari has considered and accepted as a way to reintegrate Old Eastern Region to heal the wounds inflicted on Biafrans from 1966 to 2022”
“AGF Malami should remember that if he wants to pursue the case, he needs to make plans to send Nnamdi Kanu back to Kenya or Britain and follow the best legal international process to bring Nnamdi Kanu back to continue his trial.”
“What AGF Malami said shows that he doesn’t understand the time and season Nigeria is in, with the fractured and disjointed Nigeria of multi-ethnicity crisis. By attacking the case of Nnamdi Kanu, you are indirectly calling for a civil war.”