The Federal Government has said that it would explore appropriate legal options with regard to the judgment regarding the release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
A Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had ordered Kanu’s release on Thursday, October 13, over issues surrounding his arrest and return to Nigeria from Kenya.
Reacting to the judgement, Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, noted that Kanu had jumped bail before he was picked up in Kenya.
He maintained that Kanu was only discharged, and he had not yet been acquitted by the court.
The statement reads:
“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. The decision handed down by the court of appeal was on a single issue that borders on rendition.
“Let it be made clear to the general public that other issues that predate 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.”