The Federal Government has given reasons why it cannot obey the court ruling, which ordered for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The Nigerian government has told the Appeal Court in Abuja, that Kanu poses a flight risk and was a threat to national security. An Assistant State Counsel in the Attorney-General of the Federation office, David Kaswe, informed the court that the case against Kanu bordered on national security.
He argued that Kanu’s fundamental rights should be suspended due to national interest..
Kaswe said: “It is important to appreciate the gamut of depositions in our application. The Respondent is a flight risk person. And one of the grounds of our application is that this matter touches on national security of the State. “Once there is a threat to national security, human rights of any individual can be suspended until such threat is taken care of.” Kaswe also informed the court that releasing Kanu would worsen the security situation in the South East.
“The defendant has shown that he has the capacity to jump bail or to escape from lawful custody.
“There is reasonable intelligence that the enforcement of judgement of this court. This is pending determination of our appeal at the Supreme Court, may impact negatively on the declining security in the South East,” he said. Nnamdi Kanu discharged and acquitted A few weeks ago, the Appeal Court had discharged and acquitted Kanu of all terrorism charges. Despite the court’s ruling, the Federal Government has refused to release the IPOB leader. The AGF, Abubakar Malami, has hinted that more charges would be levelled against Kanu. Kanu was locked up by the Department of State Services, DSS, since June 2021.
He was arrested in Kenya and subjected to extraordinary rendition. Upon his return, the Federal Government arraigned him on charges boarding on terrorism.
The IPOB leader was first arrested in 2017 due to his agitation for the actualization of Biafra. Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court had granted him bail. Shortly after Kanu was released, he fled Nigeria to Europe, where he continued his Biafra agitation.