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Nnamdi Kanu: Trial of Nigerian Separatist Leader Resumes

The courtroom at the Federal High Court in Abuja is once again the focal point as the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), recommences.

Accused under an amended 15-count charge, including allegations of terrorism and treasonable felony, Kanu’s legal odyssey commenced in July 2021 after his extradition from Kenya.

A noteworthy development unfolded as Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako, the trial Judge, scrutinised the preliminary objection submitted by Mr. Kanu’s legal team, challenging the legality of the charges.

The outcome led to the removal of eight counts, reshaping the legal terrain for this high-profile case.

In a legal twist, Kanu contested the trial court’s decision to uphold seven of the 15 counts, falling short as his preliminary objection aimed at dismissing the entire charge faced a setback.

The Court of Appeal made a decisive move by dismissing the charges against Mr. Kanu, asserting that the Federal Government had erred in extraditing him to Nigeria.

However, the legal pendulum swung when the Supreme Court intervened, overturning the Court of Appeal’s judgment. The Apex Court maintained that the Federal Government’s actions did not nullify the charges or the ongoing trial.

As a result, the defendant received an order to resume proceedings at the Federal High Court, where the trial had initially come to a halt. Nnamdi Kanu’s legal journey takes another turn with the apex court’s verdict.

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