By Charles Edet
Celebration in South East and South South greets Nnamdi Kanu’s discharge by the Appeal . Yesterday , Thursday, 13, October, after Appeal Court judgment on Terrorism charge against Nnamdi Kanu, jubilation trailed the news of the acquittal of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu of terrorism charges by the Court of Appeal .
Reports from different parts of the South East and South South indicated that many supporters of the IPOB leader converged at popular joints celebrating the decision of the appellate court.
There were spontaneous reactions in major towns across the five States of the South-East and its neighboring South-South States , reports monitored in the two regions , revealed that youths, elderly men and women were seen jubilating , and as well chanting victory songs as they were celebrating the judgement in entertainment joints.
In Abia, it was like could this be true? Umuahia, was aflame with people jumping in ecstasy , While in Anambra including Amawbia and Awka, there was wild jubilation among the residents of the area, over the news.
Also major towns in South South, according to reports from different parts indicated that many supporters of the IPOB leader joined in celebrating the appellate courts decision .
It is the same situation in other cities, including Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia and Imo States, Rivers, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Bayelsa and include some states in the South West where residents welcomed the judgment of the Appeal Court as a necessary path to peace.
The Appeal Court which sat in Abuja discharged the embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu prosecuted by the Federal Government at the Federal High Court in Abuja for 15 count charges bordering, including treasonable felony and terrorism, offences he allegedly committed in the course of his separatist campaigns.
A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal said the Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to try him in view of his abduction and extraordinary rendition to Nigeria in flagrant violation of the OAU convention and protocol on extradition.
The court held that the 15-count charge preferred against Kanu did not disclose the place, date, time and nature of the alleged offences before being unlawfully extradited to Nigeria in clear violation of international treaties.
The court further held that the Federal Government failed to disclose where Nnamdi Kanu was arrested despite the grave allegations against him.
Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, one of Kanu’s lawyers confirmed the development on Thursday evening.
The court ruled that the “extraordinary rendition” of Kanu from Kenya is declared illegal and consequently constitutes a bar to further trial.
“Appeal allowed , Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, discharged and acquitted.
“We have won !
“Victory victory victory victory,” he wrote on his verified Facebook page.