You Acted ‘Irresponsibly’ – Supreme Court Slams FG Over Nnamdi Kanu

You Acted ‘Irresponsibly’ – Supreme Court Slams FG Over Nnamdi Kanu
  • PublishedDecember 15, 2023

The judgment of the Court of Appeal that ordered the Federal Government to release the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, from detention was on Friday nullified by the Supreme Court.

Though the apex court, in a unanimous decision by a five-member panel of Justices, acknowledged that FG acted “irresponsibly” when it forcefully brought Kanu back to the country from Kenya, against all known laws.

However, it held that it was not enough to divest the trial court of its jurisdiction to continue with the case.

Osunno legislation in the country strippedt arrested by security agents in Lagos on October 14, 2015, and has been in detention since June 29, 2021.

The Apex court held that there is no legislation in the country that stripped the trial court of the jurisdiction to go ahead with Kanu’s case, despite the illegal action that FG took against him.

The judgement which was prepared by Justice Garba Mohammed but read by Justice Emmanuel Agim, held that the remedy open for Kanu was for him to institute a civil action against the government.

The court however slammed FG, saying it must be conscious of its image, both locally and internationally, even as it knocked the trial court for revoking Kanu’s bail after he escaped to save his life following the invasion of his home by security agents.

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