The Federal Government on Monday requested the Court of Appeal in Abuja to grant a stay of execution to counter the Appeal Court’s judgement that discharged the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The federal government wants a stay of execution on the October 13 judgment of the Appeal Court that freed Kanu and voided his rendition from Kenya to Nigeria on account of a breach of local and international laws.
Ourownblog reports that in a notice of appeal marked CA/ABJ/CR/625/2025, which was sighted by pressmen, a three-man panel of the court would determine the FG’s motion on notice.
Kanu’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, (SAN), leading the legal team, is in the court, alongside a senior lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
It was also reported that armed policemen were sighted at the entrance of the court while incoming vehicles and their occupants were subjected to screening to avoid security breaches.
Meanwhile, reporters made it clear this morning that the Appeal Court leadership has transferred three justices that sat on the panel that dismissed the 15-count terrorism charge the Federal Government instituted against Kanu.
It was gathered that Justices Jummai Hanatu Sankey, Oludotun Adetope-Okojie and Ebiowei Tobi had faulted the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for ‘abducting’ the IPOB from Kenya.
Delivering the lead judgement on October 13th, Justice Oludotun Adebola ruled that the Federal Government breached all local and international laws in the forceful rendition of Kanu to Nigeria thereby making the terrorism charges against him incompetent and unlawful.
The justices voided and set aside the charges by the Federal Government against Kanu.
The Appellate Court proceeded to discharge Kanu from the alleged offences. Justice Adebola held that the failure of Nigeria to follow due process by way of Extradition was fatal to the charges against Kanu.
They further held that the failure of the Federal Government to disclose where and when the alleged offences were committed was also fatal to the terrorism charges and made them liable to dismissal.