Nnamdi Kanu: Once A Case Borders On National Security, Rights Of Individuals Involved Are Secondary -FG

Nnamdi Kanu, FG,

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has not yet been released despite the court of appeal’s decision a few days ago. The Federal Government of Nigeria has explained why.

Kanu was recently exonerated by the court of appeals of the terrorism-related accusations the federal government had brought against him.

The suspect’s extradition from Kenya to Nigeria was deemed unlawful by the court, and the allegations against him were dismissed.

Despite the court’s ruling, the federal government has not allowed Kanu to leave custody.

On Monday, October 24, 2022, the federal government claimed that Nnamdi Kanu’s case touches on national security when defending its decision before the court of appeal.

FG argued that once a case involves national security, the rights of the person affected are subordinated. This argument was based on the case law that was decided in Federal Republic of Nigeria vs. Asari Dokubo.

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The government refused to release Kanu at this time, describing him as a “flight risk person.”

Mike Ozekhome SAN, the suspect’s primary attorney, claimed that Kanu’s case was distinct from Dokubo’s.

He said that the appeal court had already concluded Kanu’s trial and ordered his release, whereas Dokubo had requested for bail pending the outcome of the charge against him.

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