Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, on Thursday, 13th October, 2022, reacted to the decision of the Appeal Court to discharge the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, said for the avoidance of doubt and by the verdict of the Court, Kanu was only discharged and not acquitted.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami

In a statement signed by the spokesperson, Dr. Umar Jibril Gwandu, Malami said the appeal court only discharged Kanu and did not acquit him.

“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”, the statement said.

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 statement also said that there were still “legitimate issues for judicial resolution” about other matters that existed before Kanu’s rendition and “on which Kanu skipped bail.

And indicated that the Federal Government would keep working to resolve pre-rendition disputes while taking into account all of its possibilities for the ruling on rendition.

Story: Ralia Adama