Nnamdi Kanu receives legal team in DSS custody

Detained Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu has received his legal team again while he was in custody by the Department of State Service (DSS) and expressed his optimism that the charges of terrorism brought by the federal government had preferred against him would be quashed by the court.

The legal team was led by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who were accompanied by some of Kanu’s relatives, during a routine visit to the Federal Supreme Court.

The visit was intended to provide the detained Biafran nation agitator with feedback on the Sept. 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 against him.

A statement released by Ejiofor after the visit said Kanu was in a good mood and was confident that the Court of Appeals, which was sitting in Abuja, would dismiss him and acquit him of the charges of terrorism.

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The lawyer hinted in the statement that Kanu is very optimistic that “the trial phase is gradually coming to an end”.

The statement reads in part: “Kanu was enthusiastic about the advocacy statements and Chief Ozekhome’s submissions during the proceedings, delighted with the panel of judges and was fully convinced that justice is already ahead.

He unequivocally reiterated his abiding faith in his tenacious legal team, who have always been up for the daunting task.

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, who argued the appeal on his behalf, urged the appeals court to order his release from the solitary confinement of the DSS.

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Kanu’s grouse was that the indictment gave illegal worldwide jurisdiction to the Supreme Court, nor did it disclose the location or date when the alleged violations 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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