The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday announced as illegal and unlawful, the abduction of the Biafra naion agitator, Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria and suppressed the whole terrorism charges brought against him by the Federal Government.
The Court held that the Federal Government breached all local and international laws in the forceful rendition of Kanu to Nigeria, in this way making the terrorism charges against him awkward and unlawful.
In a judgment in an appeal by Kanu, by Justice Oludotun Adefope-Okojie, the criminal charges by the Federal Government against Kanu were voided and set aside.
The Appellate Court said that the Federal Government having outrageously breached the fundamental rights of Kanu, lost the legal right to put him being tried.
The Court held that laws are intended to be obeyed and that the Federal Government has not a great explanation to have taken laws into her own hand in the illegal and unlawful manner the matter of Kanu was taken care of.
Justice Adebola held that failure of Nigeria to follow due process via extradition process as recommended by law was fatal to the charges against Kanu.
The Appeal Court additionally held that the failure of the Federal Government to unveil where and when the supposed offenses brought against Kanu were committed was likewise fatal to the terrorism charges and made them liable to dismissal.
“By engaging in utter unlawful and illegal acts and in breach of its own laws in the instant matter, the Federal Government did not come to equity in clean hands and must be called to order.
“With appalling disregard to local and international laws, the Federal Government has lost the right to put the appellant trial for any offence.
“Treaties and Protocols are meant to be obeyed. No government in the world is permitted to abduct anybody without following due process of extradition. Nigeria is not an exception or excused. Nigeria must obey her own law and that of international, so as to avoid anarchy”, the Court held.
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