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Detention: Supreme Court adjourns hearing of Nnamdi Kanu’s appeal

THE Supreme Court, today, adjourned hearing in an appeal filed by Nnamdi Kanu to challenge his continued detention.

Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, had on November 3, 2022, filed an appeal at the Supreme Court against a ruling of the Court of Appeal which halted his release from the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS).

The Court of Appeal had on October 28, 2022, following a motion by the Federal Government, stayed the execution of its earlier order acquitting Kanu of all charges and directing his release from the custody of the DSS.

The IPOB leader is challenging the Court of Appeal decision at the Supreme Court and at the hearing of the appeal on Thursday, before adjourning proceedings, the apex court granted leave to the Federal Government to bring nine new grounds of appeal against Kanu.

A five-member panel led by Justice John Okoro granted the leave for the government to bring the nine new grounds while ruling on the request made by Tijani Gadzali, the Federal Government’s lawyer.

Kanu’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, urged the court to grant bail to his client and transfer him to the Kuje Correctional Centre for proper medical care due to the deterioration of his health in DSS custody.

He also prayed that the motion be heard quickly.

The Federal Government’s lawyer requested a postponement in order to file a counter affidavit to the motion to transfer Kanu out of the custody of the DSS, saying he had just taken over the case.

The court instructed Ozekhome to withdraw the pending motions so that he may concentrate on the main appeal because hearing the motion, particularly that requesting Kanu’s transfer, may likely delay the hearing of the main appeal.

The court then scheduled a hearing on the ongoing motion and the main appeal for May 11.

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