Nnamdi Kanu appeals judge’s ruling on court jurisdiction objection

Nnamdi Kanu and his lawyers in court on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has appealed the June 19 ruling of Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja against his objection to the jurisdiction of the court to subject him to trial.

Kanu, through his lead Counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, filed the notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja. This was disclosed by Ejimakor in a statement.

Part of the statement reads “ Earlier today I filed a Notice of Appeal with the Court of Appeal in Abuja against the 19th June 2024 ruling of Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako, refusing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s application objecting to the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to subject him to trial.

“The grounds of the objection are seven and mostly predicated on provisions of the Constitution, the Terrorism Prevention and Prohibition Act 2022 and other pertinent statutes.”

The Federal Government of Nigeria is the only Respondent, and to be served through her Counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN.

The notice of appeal further read:”TAKE NOTICE that the Appellant being dissatisfied with the Ruling of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division coram: B.F.M Nyako, J. delivered on the 19th June, 2024, more particularly set out in Paragraph 2, doth hereby appeal to the Court of Appeal, Abuja upon the grounds set out in Paragraph 3 below and will at the hearing of the Appeal seek the Reliefs set out in Paragraph 4 of this Notice of Appeal.

“Ground one: Error in law: The Learned Trial Judge erred in law and occasioned grave miscarriage of justice against the Appellant when the trial Court held that “The main claim in this application deals with the counts of charge the Defendant is facing. These counts of charge that this Court had retained after a considered ruling on the counts of charge dismissing 8 of the original counts. The main issue is that, if the Defendant has a problem with the counts of charge retained, the option open is appeal.”