Kanu receives legal team in custody

The detained leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has his legal team detained by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and expressed his optimism that the charges of terrorism against him would be quashed by the Court of Appeal.

The legal team on a routine visit granted by Justice Binta Nyako of a federal high court in Abuja was led by chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and leader of his legal team, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, accompanied by some of Kanu’s relatives.

The visit was intended to provide the detained Biafran nation agitator with feedback on the September 13 Court of Appeal proceedings, where the legal team pleaded with the Court of Appeals to dismiss the remaining seven charges of terrorism and treasonous crime filed against him by reject the federal government.

A statement from Ejiofor on Friday after the visit said Kanu was in good spirits and was confident that the Abuja Court of Appeals would dismiss him and acquit him of the charges of terrorism.

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According to him, Kanu used the visit to call on his followers, especially the Umuchineke, to remain consistent, determined, unwavering, focused and praying in the hope that there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

He said Kanu was very optimistic that “the trial phase is gradually coming to an end”.

The statement reads in part: “The court-ordered routine visit to our client, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has just been completed at DSS headquarters, Abuja, where he remains in solitary confinement for more than 14 months.

“He was given feedback on the proceedings of the Court of Appeals on Sept. 13 in his appeal against the Federal Supreme Court ruling upholding seven charges against him. Kanu was delighted with the performance and legal prowess of his legal team, led by Chief Mike Ozekome (SAN).

“During the proceedings, Kanu was thrilled with the advocacy statements and submissions of Chief Ozekhome, SAN, pleased with the panel of judges, and was fully convinced that justice is already ahead.

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“He was deeply moved by the sacrifices of Umuchineke, who, despite the torrential rains seen in Abuja on that fateful day, still thronged the court, in a show of unusual solidarity and support for him.

“Kanu unequivocally reiterated his continued confidence in his tenacious legal team, who have always been up for the daunting task.

“Onyendu remains steadfast, tenacious and holds very strongly to his belief that his process will surely end in a victory.”

Kanu had prayed to the Abuja Court of Appeals on September 13 to review the April 8 ruling of the Federal Supreme Court, which quashed only eight of the 15 charges and upheld seven charges against him.

In his April 29 appeal and marked CA/ABJ/CR/625/2022, Kanu insisted that the charges of treasonous crimes against him have no legal basis and requested to be discharged and acquitted by the Court of Appeals. .

Ozekhome SAN, who argued the appeal on his behalf, urged the appeals court to order his release from DSS’s solitary confinement.

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Kanu’s Quran was that the indictment gave unlawful worldwide jurisdiction to the Supreme Court, nor did it disclose the location or date when the alleged offenses were committed.

However, a three-member panel of the Court of Appeal headed by Justice Jummai Hanatu has held back the appeal until a date to be notified to the concerned parties.

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