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Trial of Nnamdi Kanu is postponed until November 14 in court


A Federal High Court in Abuja has postponed Nnamdi Kanu’s trial on terrorism-related charges until November 14. Kanu is the head of the Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB.

However, because Kanu requested the trial date change, he must continue to be in the Department of State Service’s (DSS) care until that time.

After an appeal was filed against the high court judgment sustaining Kanu’s seven count accusations, Justice Binta Nyako postponed the trial.

Eight of the Federal Government’s fifteen count accusations against Kanu were rejected by Justice Nyako, who then ordered his trial on the remaining seven counts.

However, during Tuesday’s hearings, Kanu’s attorney, Mike Ozekhome SAN, informed the court that his client had appealed the seven counts’ competence to the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

Kanu asked the appellate court to throw out the seven counts that were still pending against him in the appeal with the filing number CA/ABJ/CR/625/2022, through Ozekhome SAN.

He based his appeal on the argument that no Nigerian court had the authority to try him because the alleged offenses in the accusations were committed elsewhere.

Ozekhome pleaded with the court to halt the prosecution’s case until the Court of Appeal resolved the grounds raised.

He clarified that the appeal had been properly filed and that the appellate court had received the record of the proceedings, adding that in light of the most recent development, the Federal High Court was unable to continue the trial.

However, Mr. David Kaswe, the federal government’s attorney, made valiant attempts to urge the court to disregard Ozekhome’s argument on the grounds that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 forbade the country from having criminal trials postponed.

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Justice Nyako issued a swift decision upholding Ozekhome’s arguments and deferring the next trial date until November 14 in order to await the Court of Appeal’s ruling.


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