Kanu Was only Discharged and not Acquitted -Malami

The Federal Government has hinted that it would appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision to throw out the terrorism charge it had brought against IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently in custody, before the Supreme Court.

However, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, FG, responded to the verdict by arguing that Kanu was only released by the appellate court, not cleared.

He reiterated that the court has not yet decided matters that existed before Kanu was extradited from Kenya. He stated that the government would use the best available legal remedies while informing the public of those decisions.

The statement made available to newsmen through the AGF’s media aide, Dr. Umar Gwandu, reads: “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.

“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 issue that borders on rendition.

“Let it be made clear to the general public that other issues that predate rendition based on 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,” Malami stressed.

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