The Supreme Court has granted leave to the Federal Government to file nine new grounds of appeal against the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
The federal government through its counsel, Tijani Gadzali, on Thursday, applied for leave to include nine new grounds as part of its amended notice of appeal dated October 28, 2022.
A five-member panel of the court, led by Justice John Okoro, granted the application at the court session, according to The Cable.
Meanwhile, Kanu’s lead counsel, Mike Ozekhome, informed the panel of some applications bordering on his client’s bail based on “deteriorating” health.
He, therefore, prayed the apex court to either grant the IPOB leader bail or order for his transfer to the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive appeal.
However, the prosecution counsel raised an objection, adding that the Department of State Services facility, where the IPOB leader is currently kept in custody, is well-equipped to cater to whatever health conditions Kanu may be experiencing.
After listening to the arguments, the apex court panel advised Ozekhome to withdraw his applications to allow for a speedy hearing of the main suit.