Supreme Court Rejects Nnamdi Kanu’s Release, Upholding Terrorism Trial


In a controversial move, the Supreme Court of Nigeria has nullified the Court of Appeal’s judgment ordering the release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Despite acknowledging the “irresponsible” nature of Kanu’s forced extradition from Kenya by the Federal Government, the apex court ruled that this did not strip the trial court of its jurisdiction.

While emphasizing the illegality of Kanu’s rendition, the Court ruled that Nigeria lacks legislation automatically invalidating trial proceedings due to such unauthorized actions. Instead, it directed Kanu to pursue a separate civil suit against the government for redress.

However, the Supreme Court didn’t hold back its criticism. It strongly admonished the Federal Government for jeopardizing its reputation through the extradition, and reprimanded the trial court for revoking Kanu’s bail after his escape from an alleged attack on his home.

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Ultimately, the court ordered Kanu to return to the lower court and face the remaining seven terrorism charges against him. This decision likely fuels tensions surrounding Kanu’s case and raises concerns about the fairness of his upcoming trial.

Key takeaways:

  • Supreme Court overturns appeal, allowing Kanu’s trial to continue.
  • Court acknowledges government’s wrongdoing but deems it insufficient to stop trial.
  • Kanu instructed to file separate lawsuit against government for extradition.
  • Criticism hurled at both government and trial court for handling of case.

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