Nnamdi Kanu Seeks Negotiation With FG Over Trial

Seeks to invoke Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.
Nnamdi Kanu
Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has told the Federal High Court in Abuja that he intends to engage in negotiations with the Federal Government under Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

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

Kanu, speaking through his lead attorney, Alloy Ejimakor, stated this on Wednesday after moving two applications before the court.

The first application is to move Form 49, followed by an objection to the court's jurisdiction.

Ejimakor stated that if the applications are declined they will proceed with the implementation of Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

In response, counsel to the Federal Government, Adegboyega Awomolo, told the court that he already informed the defendant that he lacked the authority to negotiate on behalf of the Federal Government since the fiat handed to him did not authorize him to do so.

He went on to suggest that the defendant contact the Attorney General of the Federation.

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

Kanu has been in DSS custody since his arrest in Kenya in June 2021, and the Federal Government had since started terrorism-related trials against him.

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