“…For the avoidance of doubt and by the verdict of the Court, Kanu was only discharged and not acquitted…
By Charles Edet,
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Thursday, 13th of October, 2022 acknowledged the decision of the Appeal Court to discharge leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, but that he was not acquitted.
In a press statement signed by the spokesperson, Dr. Umar Jibril Gwandu, Mr Malami said the appeal court only discharged Kanu and did not acquit him.
“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,” the statement said. “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 issues that borders on rendition.
“Let it be made clear to the general public that other issues that predates 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.”
Equally reacting to the AGF’s statement an Abuja based lawyer of South South extraction who requested for anonymity, said, “it was an expected reaction from the Offce”.
He added that the government should have used the appellate court decision,to cement the course of peace in the south east region.