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The Federal Government has stated that a decision would soon be made on the ongoing terrorism trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
This was decided at the National Security Council, NSC, meeting president by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday at the State House, Abuja.
Kanu was on Thursday discharged by the Hanatu Sankey led three-member panel of the Appeal Court. The appellate court held that breached the Terrorism Act, Extradition Act and Also went against the international conventions and treating guiding extraditions, hence breaching Kanu’s rights.
According to the court, having violated the rights of the appellant, the court lacked the jurisdiction to continue the trial of Kanu.
In an interaction with journalists after the meeting, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi, the Minister of Police Affairs, said the Council will adopt an appropriate step on the ruling and Kanu’s further trial.
He said: “The issue of Kanu was raised and Council was briefed on the state of things on the matter and it was observed that Kanu was discharged, but he was not acquitted. So, the government is considering the appropriate action to be taken on the matter and Nigerians will be notified of the position that will finally be taken in due course.
Meanwhile, part of the decisions made by the council was the reopening of Dangote Cement factory at Obajana, Kogi State. The parties in the conflict were asked to seek judicial interpretation of the ownership of the factory.
According to the Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola, who also briefed newsmen, said the commitment of government towards resolving the issue legally, made the Council to order its re-opening.
Aregbesola said: “The council noted the development in Kogi and has ordered the reopening of the cement factory; it has also advised that all issues relating to that industry or factory should be resolved legally. Nobody must take law into their hands, either as a government or an individual.
“We are committed to guaranteeing and providing employment for Nigerians, so whatever will, in any way, hinder that must be discouraged. So, in that regard, the cement industry in Obajana must be reopened and all issues that are in dispute should be resolved legally.”
Aregbesola also disclosed that the Council had mandated the National Security
Source: This Day