The Chief Public Prosecutor of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRA) for the IPOB (Indigenous People of Biafra) detained leader, Mike OZekhome, confirmed to Newsmen on Saturday that the Supreme Court (SC) will hear the two appeals filed by OZekhome and his Counsels against his continued detention of OZekhome.
The two appeals will be heard on Thursday, 5th October 2023, according to Ozekhome. The names of the two appeals are SC/CR / 1394 / 2022, “Nnamdi KANU v. Federal Executive Development Council (FED)”, “NIGERIA vs. Nnamdi Kanu,” and “SC/CR / 1391 / 2023, “NIG vs. KANU,” according to Newsmen.
Ozekhome is the Chief Public Prosecutor of Nigeria (FRI) and is the lead counsel of the detained Leader, OZekhome (Mike OZekhome).
OZekhome has previously won two appeals in the Federal High Court (FHC) and the Court of Appeal (FED) against OZekhome’s continued detention.
The Supreme Court of Nigeria has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, October 5, 2023, on the appeal brought forward by the Federal Government in the case of Nnamdi Kanu v. Federal Rep. of Nigeria v. Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The appeal was brought forward after the Court of Appeal discharged Kanu in October 2022, ruling that he should not be arrested, detained or tried on the 15-count charge. Kanu had been detained in Kenya prior to his forceful extraordinary rendition to Nigeria on June 27, 2021.
The Federal Government later appealed the judgement to the Supreme Court and was granted a stay of execution by another panel at the Court of Appeal. Despite this, Nnamdi Kanu has been in confinement for almost a year.
Ejiofor said on September 18 that Mike Ozekhome, Kanu’s lead counsel, had asked for the Court’s approval of a new date for the appeal after the earlier scheduled date had been cancelled. He added that a confirmation or an alternative date would be made available in the coming days depending on the feedback from Ozekhome’s legal team.
Ejiofor said that the Federal Government of Nigeria had continued to hold him in custody in violation of the Court’s Judgment and Orders ordering his unconditional release, which prohibited him from facing trial before any court in Nigeria or being held in any form of custody. “We ask that this appeal be heard as quickly as possible,” Ejiofor added.
“We demand that the fate of this innocent man, who has been unlawfully held in solitary confinement by the State Security Service (SSS) since October 13, 2022, be determined.”
As I have always said, the wheels of justice may turn slowly, but they will turn very quickly in the near future.