Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel to the detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has asked the Federal Government to obey the judgement of the Court of Appeal by allowing his client to leave the custody of the Department of State Services.
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami had reacted shortly after the court judgement, saying that Kanu was only discharged and not acquitted.
Mr Malami argued that Kanu was only set free on rendition from Kenya to Nigeria and that the terrorism charges still stand.
Briefing journalists in Abuja on the AGF’s position over the verdict, Mr Ejiofor explained that based on the judgement of the appellate court, Kanu can not be tried again on the same terrorism charges in Nigeria.
He however appealed to the government to immediately release Kanu in compliance with the judgement, insisting that there are no ambiguity in the unanimous decision of the appellate court panel.
Mr Ejiofor therefore appreciated everyone that made the victory possible, adding that Mazi Kanu’s legal team would be ready to face the federal government at the Apex Court.
Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Muzha Kucha