The Supreme Court of Nigeria has fixed Thursday, October 5, 2023, for a hearing on two separate appeals filed by the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, against his continued detention in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The appeals to hear on Thursday are marked SC/CR/1394/2022, NNAMDI KANU V. FED. REP OF NIGERIA, and SC/CR/1391/2023, FED. REP OF NIG VS NNAMDI KANU
The lead counsel of the detained leader of the pro-Biafra group, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), confirmed the hearing date in a statement on Saturday.
Confirming the hearing date, Ozekhome said: “The following appeal has been slated for hearing at the Supreme Court of Nigeria Abuja, on Thursday the 5th, October 2023 (SC/CR/1394/2022, NNAMDI KANU V. FED.REP OF NIGERIA V; and SC/CR/1391/2023, FED. REP OF NIG VS NNAMDI KANU.”
Recall that the IPOB leader, through his lawyers, had formerly won the appeal at the Federal High Court and at the Court of Appeal.
The appellate court had in October 2022 discharged Kanu of the 15 Counts charge against him, and subsequently barred any further arrest, detention and trial of Kanu on the existing charge.
The Federal Government later appealed against the judgement at the Supreme Court and subsequently got another panel of the Court of Appeal to stay the judgement of the appellate court.
Despite the judgement, Kanu has remained in solitary confinement at the facility of the Department of State Services (DSS), nearly one year after the judgement discharging him.
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