The Indigenous People of Biafra confirmed on Thursday that it has reinvigorated more legal fireworks in the Supreme Court to set aside the ruling of the Court of Appeal staying the execution of the court’s judgment discharging its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The lead lawyer for IPOB and human rights activist, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said these in a statement sent to The PUNCH in Abuja.
He said, “We have appealed to the Supreme Court, to set aside the ruling of the Court of Appeal, staying the execution of the court’s judgment discharging him, and placing a further bar to any further detention and prosecution of Nnamdi Kanu on any charge/indictment before any court in Nigeria.
“Recall that on October 28, 2022, a three-person panel of Learned Justices of the Court of Appeal (Abuja Judicial Division), granted an application for the stay of execution of the judgment of the Court of Appeal, pending the determination of the appeal filed before the Supreme Court by the Federal Government.
After a thorough review of the said ruling by our defence team, eminently led by foremost leading Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), an informed decision was taken by the erudite Senior Advocate, and the entire team, that the said ruling, which has no foundation in law or facts, placed before the court, should be immediately appealed against, for it to be set aside by the Apex Court.
Our well informed position was given a final nod by our indefatigable client, Nnamdi Kanu, during my last visit to him.
“We therefore, by this medium, inform the general public, and Umuchineke in particular, that we have filed an appeal against the said ruling of the Court of Appeal delivered on October 28, 2022, and will proactively follow up on the administrative process to ensure that both appeals are given accelerated hearings in line with the extant fasttrack rules of the Supreme Court.
“We shall keep everyone abreast of the developments in the appeals as we progress. We respectfully urge you all to remain peaceful and law abiding, as always, and be rest assured that the ruling of the Court of Appeal, now appealed against, will be reviewed on the merits by learned Justices of the Supreme Court.
The Media and Publicity Secretary, IPOB, Emma Powerful, insisted that the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mallam Abubakar Malami, and the Federal Government are ignorant of the law, hence the group’s decision to approach the Supreme Court for justice.