A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has rejected the bail application of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu and extended his trial till November 14th, 2022.
According to reports, the trial was put on hold by Justice Binta Nyako following the appeal instituted against the high court order upholding seven count charges against Kanu.
Justice Nyako had earlier dismissed 8 out of 15 count charges brought against Kanu by the Federal Government and ordered his trial in the remaining 7 counts.
However at Tuesday’s proceedings, Kanu’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome SAN, informed the court that his client has filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja challenging the competence of the seven counts.
In the appeal marked CA/ABJ/CR/625/2022, Kanu, through Ozekhome SAN, prayed the appellate court to nullify the seven counts still standing against him. He predicated his appeal on the ground that the alleged offences in the charges were committed outside the shores of Nigeria, hence, no court in the country has jurisdiction to try him.
However, counsel to the Federal Government, Mr David Kaswe, made spirited efforts to persuade the court to ignore the argument of Ozekhome on the ground that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 prohibit stay of criminal trial in the country.In a short ruling, Justice Nyako upheld arguments of Ozekhome and shifted further trial till November 14 to await the outcome of the Court of Appeal decision.