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Supreme Court grants FG nine new grounds against Nnamdi Kanu

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The Supreme court has granted leave to the federal government to bring nine new grounds of appeal against the release of detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.

A five-member Panel of Justices, led by Justice John Okoro granted the leave while ruling on the motion by the counsel to the federal government, Mr. Tijani Gadzali.

When the matter came up for hearing, Nnamdi Kanu’s counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, prayed the court to grant his client bail and sought for his transfer to Kuje Correctional facility to get proper medical attention citing his failing health at DSS custody.

He also prayed for an accelerated hearing of the matter.

Speaking on the motion for transfer of Kanu out of the custody of the DSS, the Counsel to the federal government, prayed for an adjournment to file a counter affidavit stating that he just took over the Matter.

The Court subsequently adjourned until the 11th of next month for hearing on the pending motion and the main appeal.

The Court of Appeal had on October 13, last year, cleared Nnamdi Kanu of Alleged treason and terrorism charges against him after dismissing the remaining six counts levelled against him by the federal government.

The Appeal court panel faulted the process of extraditing him back to Nigeria from Kenya on the grounds of it being in breach of International Protocol.

Another panel of the same court however, on the 28th October, last year, reversed it’s earlier decision ordering stay of execution pending hearing and determination of the appeal of the supreme court.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Annabel Nwachukwu