Terrorism charges: “Justice is already in the offing” – Nnamdi Kanu
The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu says he is convinced that “justice is already in the offing” in his ongoing trial for terrorism-related charges.
Counsel to the IPOB leader, Ifeanyi Ejiofor said this in a Friday statement.
Ejiofor said Kanu made the comment when his family members and legal team led by Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN paid him a court-ordered routine visit in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
He said that the visit was to inform Kanu about the proceedings of September 13 where the legal team prayed the Court of Appeal to dismiss the remaining 7 charges of terrorism and treasonable felony brought against him by the Federal Government.
The lawyer stated that Kanu was confident that the appellant court would discharge and acquit him of all the terrorism charges.
“The court-ordered routine visit to our client, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has just been concluded at the DSS Headquarters, Abuja, where he is still being held in solitary confinement for over 14 months.
“Feedback was provided to him on the September 13 Court of Appeal proceedings in his appeal against the Federal High Court ruling upholding seven charges against him. Kanu was elated on the performance and legal prowess demonstrated by his legal team, led by Chief Mike Ozekome (SAN).
“Kanu was enthused by the accounts of the advocacy and submissions of Chief Ozekhome, SAN during the proceeding, happy with the panel of Justices, and was completely convinced that justice is already in the offing.
“He was deeply touched by the sacrifices of Umuchineke, who despite the heavy downpour witnessed in Abuja on that fateful day, still thronged the court, in a show of uncommon solidarity and support for him.
“Kanu unequivocally reiterated his abiding confidence in his dogged legal team, who have always been up to the daunting task.
“Onyendu remains firm, tenacious and holding very strongly to his conviction that his trial will surely end in victory,” Ejiofor said.
Recall that the Court of Appeal on Tuesday reserved judgement on the remaining seven count charge pending against Kanu.
This was after the IPOB leader appealed the April 8 Federal High Court’s decision striking out only eight out of the 15-count charge and upheld seven charges against him.
Kanu, who is being tried before Justice Binta Nyako of the FHC, urged the Court of Appeal to dismiss the remaining seven charges.
However, after listening to lawyers in the case, the panel reserved its decision.
The appellate court said a date for judgement would be communicated to the parties.