Nnamdi Kanu still standing trial, idea of pardon premature – Malami
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Wednesday, said it is premature to pardon Nnamdi Kanu , the embattled leader of the proscribed secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, adding that the IPOB leader is still standing trial for terrorism-related charges.
The PUNCH.The AGF’s comment comes as Kanu is scheduled to appear before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday.Justice Nyako had on November 10, 2021, adjourned the trial of Kanu till January 19 and 20, 2022, for trial but the court granted an abridgement of time after a motion was filed in that respect.
On November 19, 2021, some respected Igbo elders, led by Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, visited the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) in Aso Rock and requested the unconditional release of the detained secessionist leader.
Buhari had told them he would not want to interfere in the running of the judiciary but said he would consider their demand though “a heavy one.”Malami had also on November 10, 2021, said a political solution cannot be ruled out to resolve the crisis surrounding separatist agitations in Nigeria. headtopics.com
But when asked on Wednesday night for the possibility of an out-of-court settlement to free the IPOB leader, the AGF said a political solution is not on the table at the moment.Malami also said the idea of a pardon for Kanu is premature because he is still standing trial before a court of law.
He said, “Pardon is a function of conviction in the Nigerian context and as far as I know, Nnamdi Kanu has not been convicted yet so the idea of pardoning him is premature against the backdrop that the trials associated with him have not been concluded but one thing I can tell you is that he is standing trial and the trial continues as at today.”Read more: The Punch Newspapers »
Why then are the FG running away? Standing trial but immediately he storms the Court, all of you will become dumb.. It's obvious that MaziNnamdiKanu doesn't have a case to answer. You vampires are just punishing him to fulfill the work of Lucifer. O Lord, come and rescue your children and heal our land 😭
The global family of IPOB doesn't in anyway plead for Pardon, whereas, IPOB are demanding for the unconditionally release of MaziNnamdiKanu because he committed no crime known to law.
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