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The family of the leader of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has lamented the delay orchestrated by the Supreme Court in the release of the Certified True Copy (CTC) of its ruling on Kanu’s matter.
The Eastern Updates recalls that the Supreme Court had on December 15, 2023, set aside the ruling of the Appeal Court which had in its earlier verdict, set the IPOB free from the terrorism charges slammed against him by the Federal Government.
The apex court ruled that instead, Kanu should be tried at the appropriate court.
Kanunta Kanu, the head of the Kanu family, stated in a statement that the family’s ability to pursue additional legal actions was in jeopardy due to the Supreme Court’s refusal to release the CTC.
Kanu stated that the family’s covert investigations had shown that, more than four weeks after the verdict was given, the judges of the supreme court who presided over the case had not yet signed it.
He wondered why the justices of the Supreme Court who sat on their son’s matter would allow the normal 14 days to elapse without signing the judgment.
The Kanu family said it smelled a rat in the whole delay, adding that unlawfully withholding of the CTC in the case of the IPOB leader shows Nigeria cannot obey her treaty obligations which he said amounted to official terrorism.
“Unlawfully withholding the CTC in the case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has confirmed that Nigeria will not obey her treaty obligations,” he said.
“These justices, the presidency, and the Nigerian entity are officially terrorists according to the laws of Nigeria.”
Quoting Section 2 (3)(f) of the Terrorism (Prevention & Prohibition) Act, 2022, Kanu said, “In this Act “act of terrorism” means an act wilfully performed with the intention of furthering an ideology, whether political, religious, racial, or ethnic and which violates the provisions of any international treaty or resolution to which Nigeria is a party, subject to the provisions of section 12 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999; and Cap C23, LFN 2004.”
The family urged the Supreme Court to release the CTC of Kanu’s case to enable her to shop for other options.