Kanu’s Lawyer Faults Buhari, Says His Client’s Unconditional Release Lies With The Executive, Not Judiciary

Aloy Ejimakor, lawyer to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari, who had told Igbo leaders that only the judiciary could decide the fate of his client.

The lawyer made the statement in a tweet on Sunday.

Recall that some Igbo elders, led by Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, had visited Buhari in Aso Rock in Abuja and requested the unconditional release of Kanu.

Responding, Ejimakor said contrary to the statement by the President on Friday, the release of the IPOB leader is not in the hands of the judiciary.

He quoted Section 174 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, noting that the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has the power to discontinue at any stage any criminal proceedings instituted by him before judgement is delivered.

The lawyer tweeted, “Section 174 of the Constitution says: The Attorney General of the Federation shall have power to discontinue any criminal proceedings instituted by him.

“The unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu lies with the Executive, not the Judiciary.”

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