The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said that the leader of the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was only discharged and not acquitted by the Appeal Court.
In a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, dated October 13, 2022, the Minister stated that by the verdict of the Court of Appeal, Kanu was only discharged and not acquitted.
The statement reads:
“For the avoidance of doubt and by the verdict of the Court, Kanu was only discharged and not acquitted.
“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 predates rendition on the basis of 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.”