By Henry Okonkwo
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, is headed to the Supreme Court to challenge the Court of Appeal’s stay-of-execution ruling on its earlier decision ordering the Federal Government to release him.
Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor disclosed this on Monday in a statement issued after his routine visit to the IPOB leader at the State Security Service cell in Abuja.
The lawyer further hinted that their case was filed under the ‘Supreme Court Fast Track Rules’ which would ensure that their appeal is given an expeditious hearing.
Nnamdi Kanu also urged all supporters to continue being peaceful and prayerful as ‘have always demonstrated’.
The statement read, “I visited Onyendu today at the Headquarters of the State Security Service (DSS) Abuja, to specifically brief him on the outcome of the Court of Appeal Ruling, of Friday last week, staying the execution of Onyendu’s Appeal Court Judgement.
“Apart from critical legal strategies which will remain private, Onyendu did not hesitate in giving our legal team a nod to immediately proceed with an appeal at the Supreme Court against the Ruling of the Court of Appeal staying the execution of its Judgement, which expectedly, is to be heard under the Supreme Court Fast Track Rules.
“Procedures towards an expeditious hearing of the appeal was agreed upon and we are very hopeful that it shall still end in praises, God being our Helper.
“As we had earlier stated, be assured that the Court of Appeal Judgement which vindicated Onyendu, and consequently discharged him of every bogus allegation, still subsists, it has not been set aside.
“Onyendu’s legal team eminently led by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, will vigorously pursue an appeal at the Supreme Court against the Ruling of the Court of Appeal staying the execution of Onyendu’s landmark victory at the Court of Appeal.
“Onyendu used the opportunity presented by the visit to generally thank all Umuchineke for their unshaken solidarity and support, even as he continued to encourage you all to remain peaceful and law-abiding, as you have always demonstrated.”