Recall that the appeal was earlier adjourned to 11th October, 2022, however, on the 23rd day of June, 2022, we filed an application for abdridgement of time within which to hear the appeal. Pursuant to the said application, the Court of Appeal graciously brought forward the earlier scheduled date to today being the 13th day of September, 2022, even without hearing the application. Consequently, when the matter came up today, the said application for abdridgement of time which had been overtaken by events, was struck out.
The appeal was fully heard on the merit today. The erudite Iroko of law- Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, the Lead Counsel to Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, did justice to the appeal. He addressed the Court of Appeal on all pertinent issues raised for the Court's determination.
It is interesting to note that the Federal Government admitted before the court, of expending huge resources to criminally abduct and extraordinarily rendition Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria. The Federal Government further admitted viva voce, that they have amended the charges seven times, which is a clear indication and admission that they do not have any case whatsoever against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. They are only interested in keeping him in custody indefinitely, but the Court of Appeal is their final bus stop.
The Court of Appeal reserved judgment in the case, however, the Court promised that judgment will be delivered most expeditiously and in the shortest possible time, which date would be communicated to us.
We are confident that justice will be done in the case, as Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has not committed any offence known to law. Furthermore, in view of his extraordinary rendition in flagrant disregard to all International laws and treaties on extradition, including Section 15 of Nigeria's Extradition Act, Cap E25 LFN 2004, the lower court does not have the requisite jurisdiction to try him of the alleged offences, which grave infraction formed part of integral issues argued in court of Appeal today.
Thank you all UMUCHINEKE, for your support, prayers and solidarity .
Sir Ifeanyi Ejiofor Esq, (KSC)
IPOB’s Lead Counsel
13th, September 2022.