The National Security Council on Friday insisted that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has been discharged and not acquitted.
This is coming after the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja discharged the charges levelled against Kanu by the Federal Government. Recall that the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami in his reaction to the court ruling on Thursday also claimed that Kanu was not acquitted. Malami in a statement released through his spokesperson, Umar Jibril Gwandu had said, “The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has received the news of the decision of the Court of Appeal concerning the trial of Nnamdi Kanu. “For the avoidance of doubt and by the verdict of the Court, Kanu was only discharged and not acquitted. Consequently, the appropriate legal options before the authorities will be exploited and communicated accordingly to the public. “The decision handed down by the court of appeal was on a single issue that borders on rendition. Let it be made clear to the general public that other issues that predate rendition based on which Kanu jumped bail remain valid issues for judicial determination. “The Federal Government will consider all available options open to us on the judgment on rendition while pursuing determination of pre-rendition issues.” The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi after the National Security Council meeting on Friday reaffirmed Malami’s stand. Dingyadi, while addressing the State House Correspondents after the meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, said a political solution was not discussed at the council. He noted that the council would notify Nigerians of its position on the court ruling.
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