All Nigeria Latest News reports that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is to remain in detention.
On Friday, the Supreme Court upheld the federal government’s appeal, challenging the Court of Appeal’s decision that ordered the release of Kanu.
The Supreme Court has directed him to return to the Federal High Court, Abuja, to face the seven-count charge of terrorism.
The highest court in October fixed the date after counsel for both the federal government and the detained IPOB leader adopted their final briefs of argument.
Chief Mike Ozehkome, SAN, who argued the appeal, urged the court not only to order the immediate release of his client from detention but also to impose substantial and punitive costs against the Federal Government.
In his submission, counsel to the federal government, Tijani Gazzali, urged the apex court to uphold the amended brief of argument filed on May 3, 2023. He requested the court to allow the appeal from the Federal Government, set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal that ordered Kanu’s release, and mandate the resumption of his trial before the Federal High Court in Abuja on terrorism-related charges.
Gazzali further urged the apex court to dismiss Kanu’s cross-appeal.
The Court of Appeals judges dismissed the criminal case but Nigerian prosecutors have appealed and Kanu remains in custody.