The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has expressed joy and happiness over yesterday’s discharge and acquittal of its Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
In a statement which was made available to Africa Today News, New York on Friday, IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful asserted that the judgment actually showed that some judges in the country are still upright.
The statement read in part: ‘Yes, we are happy to hear that our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU has been acquintated and discharge that is to show that some judges are good and know the law and understand that Nnamdi KANU did not commit crimes and his extraordinary renditioned was very illegal.’
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IPOB said that Biafrans all over the world are celebrating the landmark judgement.
‘Biafrans both home and abroad including our friends should rejoice because Almighty Chukwu Okike Abiama has done it again. Biafra realisation is the next target and nothing will stop it IPOB from achieving Biafra freedom.’
The statement further read: “If you know you are criminal terrorising our people just run because you are going to meet your waterloo”.
Meanwhile, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami on Friday morning reacted to the ruling.
In a statement signed by spokesperson, Dr. Umar Jibril Gwandu, Mr Malami said the appeal court only discharged Kanu and did not acquit him.
‘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,” the statement said. “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.’
Meanwhile, many Nigerians have continued to react to the ruling on social media.