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Reports reaching the desk of The Eastern Updates have it that the three justices of the Appeal Court who sat on the panel that dismissed the 15-count terrorism charge the Federal Government instituted against Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), have been moved away from their various divisions.
The Eastern Updates recalls that the Appeal Court had just recently ruled that Kanu’s extradition from Kenya to Nigeria did not follow due process and was a flagrant violation of Nigeria’s extradition treaty and a breach of his fundamental human rights.
This was made known in a memo dated October 17, which was signed by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem.
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The memo emphasised that the new posting for the justices was with immediate effect and that they were expected to report to their new stations by October 21.
According to the memo, the presiding justice, Jummai Hanatu Sankey, who previously was in the Gombe Division of the court, has been transferred to Awka Division, whereas Justice Oludotun Adetope-Okojie who delivered the lead judgement, was moved to Owerri, while Justice Ebiowei Tobi, the third member of the court panel was transferred to Gombe.
Meanwhile, IPOB have raised an alarm over the arrest and detention of no fewer than 24 persons over their alleged relationship with Nnamdi Kanu and the secessionist group.
In a statement last Thursday by its Media and Publicity Secretary who deploys the pseudonym, Emma Powerful, obtained by The Eastern Updates, IPOB said the 24 persons on his list were picked up across various states of the south-east and had been in detention since 2021.
The group claimed that they have not been seen, nor have they been charged before any court in the country.