Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said that the Supreme Court will in matter of days decide the date for hearing of Kanu’s appeal against the Court of Appeal’s verdict stopping his release from the Department of State Service (DSS) custody.
Recall that Kanu had on November 3, 2022, filed an appeal at the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal’s October 28, 2022 verdict which stayed the execution of its earlier order discharging and acquitting him of all charges and directing his release from the custody of the secret police.
The apex court had adjourned the hearing to September 14 but the date fell within the Supreme Court’s annual vacation period.
Giving an update on the case on Monday, Ejiofor in a statement said that as the Supreme Court formally resumes the new Legal Year on Monday (today), the court will formally commence hearing of appeals next week.
Ejiofor recalled that Kanu’s lead counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), had formally requested for the Court’s approval of September 28, 2023 as the new scheduled date for the hearing of the appeal following the cancellation of the earlier scheduled date
Ejiofor said, “There is a positive indication that in the coming days, confirmation or otherwise of the proposed new date will be made public upon our Lead Counsel’s feedback.
“Our request is simple – let this appeal be heard with every urgency it deserves so that the fate of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has been illegally held in the solitary confinement of the SSS will be determined, having been discharged of all the frivolous criminal charge against him since the 13th day of October, 2022.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria has continued to detain him in custody in clear violation of this subsisting Judgment, and Orders of the Court of Appeal that directed for his unconditional release, and consequently, prohibited his further trial before any Court in Nigeria or detention in any custody.
“As I have consistently maintained, the wheel of justice may grind slowly, but it will grind exceedingly fine in no distant time.”
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