Supreme Court to hear Kanu’s appeal next week — Lawyer
Supreme Court of Nigeria may hear the appeal of the embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra—IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu following the end of the court’s annual vacation.
This was announced by Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel to the separatist leader in a statement made available to newsmen.
According to Ejiofor, there is strong indication that in the coming days, a confirmation or otherwise of the proposed new date will be made public after the initial date of 18 September was cancelled.
He said, “The Supreme Court of Nigeria will formally resume the new Legal Year today, the 18th day of September 2023, as authoritatively confirmed from the Apex Court’s desk. And Hearing of Appeals will formally commence next week.
“Recall that our erudite lead counsel, Prof. Mike Ozekhome, SAN, had formally requested for the Court’s approval of 28th day of September 2023 as the new scheduled date for the hearing of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s appeal, following the cancellation of the earlier scheduled date of 14th September, 2023, which unfortunately, fell within the Supreme Court’s annual vacation period.
“There is a positive indication that in the coming days, a confirmation or otherwise of the proposed new date will be made public upon our Lead Counsel’s feedback.
“Our request is simple – let this appeal be heard with every urgency it deserves so that the fate of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has been illegally held in the solitary confinement of the SSS will be determined, having been discharged of all the frivolous criminal charge against him since the 13th day of October, 2022.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria has continued to detain him in custody in clear violation of this subsisting Judgment, and Orders of the Court of Appeal that directed for his unconditional release, and consequently, prohibited his further trial before any Court in Nigeria or detention in any custody.
“As I have consistently maintained, the wheel of justice may grind slowly, but it will grind exceedingly fine in no distant time”.