On Thursday night, a man in Enugu who is believed to be a member of the banned Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB) set fire to his vehicle in celebration of the Appeal Court’s decision to release IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu from terrorism charges brought against him by the Nigerian government.
The unidentified man had previously pledged to carry out the act if Nnamdi Kanu is released from detention, according to reports.The man carried out his promise after the verdict on Thursday by driving to the location, removing himself from the vehicle, and then lighting it on fire after dousing it with gasoline.
Onlookers filmed the bizarre act at the Onitsha South Mass Transit bus park in Enugu, which was next to Holy Ghost Cathedral. Concerned individuals attempted to put out the raging fire.
It is important to recall that an appellate court panel of three judges ruled that Nigerian agents had illegally taken Kanu from Kenya in a process that is internationally referred to as extraordinary rendition, which is what rights experts call an abduction.
The judges decided that until federal authorities explained how they moved Kanu from Nairobi to Abuja in June 2022, the Nigerian government could not charge him for any crime in the country.
In a statement on Thursday that was signed by his spokesperson, Dr. Umar Jibril Gwandu, the Federal Government, through the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, explained that the appeal court only discharged Kanu and did not acquit him.
The statement began as
The statement read, “The news of the decision of the Court of Appeal regarding the trial of Nnamdi Kanu has been received by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.”To clear up any confusion, the Court ruled that Kanu was only given a discharge, not an acquittal.
“Consequently, the appropriate legal options available to the authorities will be utilized and the public will be informed accordingly.
“On a single issue that borders on rendition, the court of appeal made a decision.
“Let it be made abundantly clear to the general public that other issues that existed prior to rendition and were the reason Kanu jumped bail remain valid issues for judicial determination.”
“While pursuing determination of pre-rendition issues,” the Federal Government states, “The Federal Government will consider all available options on the judgment on rendition.”
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