By Rayyan Alhassan
Abuja – The Attorney – general of the federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, still has case to answer.
A three-man appeal panel led by Justice Jummai Sankey had on Thursday discharged Kanu from seven-count charge of terrorism levied against him by the Federal Government.
However, a statement on Thursday in Abuja by the minister’s spokesman, Umar Gwandu, said the appellate court only discharged Kanu on case of rendition not other pre-rendition issues.
The minister said the case, during which the IPOB leader jumped bail, is awaiting judicial determination and predates the one decided on Thursday.
“The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has received the news of the decision of the Court of Appeal concerning the trial of Nnamdi Kanu.
“For the avoidance of doubt and by the verdict of the Court, Kanu was only discharged and not acquitted.
“Consequently, the appropriate legal options before the authorities will be exploited and communicated accordingly to the public.
“The decision handed down by the court of appeal was on a single issue that borders on rendition.
“Let it be made clear to the general public that other issues that predates rendition on the basis of which Kanu jumped bail remain valid issues for judicial determination.
“The Federal Government will consider all available options open to us on the judgment on rendition while pursuing determination of pre-rendition issues,” the statement said.