The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday upheld the appeal of the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
The appellate court held that Mr. Nnamdi Kanu having been extradited from Kenya without following the extradition rules was flagrant disobedience of the rules and a clear violation of his rights.
This is because there was no denial by the respondents in the appeal to the submissions of Mike Ozekhome counsel to Mr. Kanu that his client, the appellant, was extraordinarily renditioned from Kenya.
The appellate court held that the failure of the respondents to respond to the averments of the appellants’ counsel means they conceded to the submissions of the appellant.
The appellate court also held that the lower court failed to examine the findings of the prosecution as they would not have tried Kanu if he was not been illegally brought to the country.
The court, therefore, held that the lower court has no jurisdiction to entertain the 7-count charge alleged to have been committed by Kanu, before his extraordinary rendition from Kenya.
Kanu’s lawyer and human rights activist, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, confirmed this on his Facebook page on Thursday.
“Appeal allowed, Oyendu Mazi Nnamdi KANU, discharged and acquitted. We have won!,” he wrote.