ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria’s Supreme Courtroom on Friday overturned a decrease courtroom ruling dismissing terrorism costs in opposition to a preferred separatist chief whose trial has been blamed for an outbreak of violence within the nation’s southeast area.
The Courtroom stated Nnamdi Kanu, chief of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) separatist group that seeks independence for Nigeria‘s southeastern area, nonetheless faces terrorism costs regardless of the decrease courtroom ruling. Kanu, who additionally holds British citizenship, has already pleaded not responsible to the costs.
In asserting the choice, Justice Garba Mohammed stated that though Nigeria’s secret police violated Kanu’s rights throughout his arrest and extradition from Kenya in 2021, the Courtroom of Enchantment was incorrect to rule in October final 12 months that the violation was grounds for the dismissal of the costs.
“No laws within the nation stripped the trial courtroom of the jurisdiction to go forward with Kanu’s case, regardless of the unlawful motion,” of the key police, the justice stated. The trial of the separatist chief, who additionally holds British citizenship, is predicted to renew subsequent 12 months.
Kanu has remained in detention for the reason that Courtroom of Enchantment’s ruling.
The Supreme Courtroom decisoin additional complicates the destiny of Kanu who has been out and in of jail since 2015 when he was first arrested and charged with terrorism and treason. He has denied any wrongdoing and his supporters have accused the federal government of unjustly concentrating on him to clamp down on the group’s separatist marketing campaign.
The IPOB marketing campaign for an unbiased state of Biafra follows the short-lived Republic of Biafra which fought and misplaced a civil warfare from 1967 to 1970 to achieve independence from Nigeria. An estimated 1 million folks died within the warfare, many from the southeastern area.
Nonetheless, the Nigerian authorities has stated the nation’s unity is “not negotiable” and has typically accused Kanu’s group of instigating violence within the southeast, typically by imposing lockdowns and concentrating on distinguished folks within the area. Dozens have been killed this 12 months within the violence blamed on IPOB, which the group denies.