Court Adjourns For Trial As Nnamdi Kanu May Seek Out-Of-Court Settlement

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The Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has told the Federal High Court Abuja that he will, under section 17 of the Federal High Court Act, seek negotiations with the Federal Government.

Kanu has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since June 2021 when he was arrested in Kenya. Since his arrest, he has been facing terrorism-related charges levelled against him by the Federal Government.

Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act states that “in any Proceeding In the court, the court may promote reconciliation among parties thereto and encourage and facilitate the amicable settlement thereof”.

Speaking through his lead counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, Kanu made this known in open court on Wednesday after he moved two applications brought before the court.

Kanu

The first application is to move form 49 and an application objecting to the jurisdiction of the court.

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Ejimakor said if the applications are denied they will move for the implementation of section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

Responding to this, counsel for the Federal Government, Adegboyega Awomolo, told the court that he had earlier informed the defendant that he does not have the powers to negotiate on behalf of the Federal Government, as the fiat given to him does not empower him to negotiate.

He added that the defendant should approach the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi.

In her reply, Justice Binta Nyako said the court was not a solicitor, but to only hear cases.

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