Nnamdi Kanu only discharged on single charge, not acquitted — AGF Malami

~says FG’ll explore other options to pursue his trial

The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami SAN, has reacted to the Judgement of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, discharging the Leader of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal said the Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to try him in view of his abduction and extraordinary rendition to Nigeria in flagrant violation of the OAU Convention and protocol on extradition.

Reacting to the judgement, the AGF in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, noted that Mr. Nnamdi Kanu was only discharged and not acquitted, and said other legal options will be explored by the government for his trial.

“The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has received the news of the decision of the Court of Appeal concerning the trial of Nnamdi Kanu. For the avoidance of doubt and by the verdict of the Court, Kanu was only discharged and not acquitted.

Consequently, the appropriate legal options before the authorities will be exploited and communicated accordingly to the public” he said.

According to the statement, the issue decided by the Court of Appeal was on his rendition, and other issues which predates his rendition remain valid issues for judicial determination.

He said, “The decision handed down by the court of appeal was on a single issues that borders on rendition.

Let it be made clear to the general public that other issues that predates rendition on the basis of which Kanu jumped bail remain valid issues for judicial determination.

The Federal Government will consider all available options open to us on the judgment on rendition while pursuing determination of pre-rendition issues.”


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