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Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, the Special Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has pointed out that the Supreme Court in its certified true copies (CTC) released had affirmed that the IPOB leader did not jump bail.
In a press release issued on Saturday which was sent to The Eastern Updates, Ejimakor explained that the Supreme Court also explained that Kanu’s bail should not have been abrogated.
The Eastern Updates recalls that Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja had granted bail to the self-determination agitator in 2017.
Kanu was forced into exile after his ancestral home in Umuahia, Abia State, was attacked in September 2017, following his release. As a result, he missed his trial on the next planned date.
He arrived in the nation in June 2021, when he was summoned to the Federal High Court, where he has been on trial ever since.
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But, the Appeal Court had discharged and acquitted Kanu of all terrorism charges.
This judgment was later overturned by the Supreme Court which transferred the case back to the Federal High Court.
In the Certified True Copy of the judgment delivered in December 2023, the apex court declared that Kanu did not jump bail.
Commenting on this, Ejimakor, said: “As Of Counsel, I had joined in this debate and always made it clear that Nnamdi Kanu, in the unique circumstance of the military invasion, did not jump bail. I had also written well-publicized legal treatises, maintaining that this self-evident truth will be proved and confirmed in Court in due course of time.”
He said, “The first judicial confirmation came in January 2022 when, in a landmark judgment, the High Court of Abia State declared that the said military invasion was a flagrant violation of Kanu’s constitutional rights, consequent upon the Court awarded him N1 billion in damages and public apology.
“Following this judgment, I had issued a public Legal Notice warning all and sundry to thenceforth cease and desist from peddling the falsehood that Nnamdi Kanu had jumped bail. Whereas, vast majorities of the mainstream and social media had complied, some malicious traducers and elements from the federal government persisted with the defamatory bail-jumping narrative.
“In summation, in addition to ruling that Nnamdi Kanu never jumped bail, the Supreme Court also held that the Federal High Court should never have revoked his bail; that the prosecution wrought grand deception on the Court on the bail-jumping issue and that the bench warrant that triggered Nnamdi Kanu’s infamous extraordinary rendition was obtained by deception and should never have been issued.
“For the foregoing reasons, I implore the media, members of the public and pertinent public officials to abide by the judgment of the Supreme Court and henceforth cease and desist from peddling or publishing the false and defamatory narrative that Nnamdi Kanu had jumped bail.”