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Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG

 

Nnamdi Kanu, the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has told the Federal High Court Abuja that he will, under section 17 of the Federal High Court Act, seek negotiations with the Federal Government.

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 was arrested in Kenya in June 2021 and has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since then. 

He has been facing terrorism-related charges levelled against him by the Federal Government. 

 Speaking through his lead counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, Kanu made this known in open court on Wednesday, June 19, after he moved two applications brought before the court.

The first application is to move form 49 and an application objecting to the jurisdiction of the court. Ejimakor said if the applications are denied they will move for the implementation of section 17 of the Federal High Court Act. 

Responding to this, counsel to the Federal Government, Adegboyega Awomolo, told the court that he had earlier informed the defendant that he does not have the powers to negotiate on behalf of the Federal Government, as the fiat given to him does not empower him to negotiate. He added that the defendant should approach the Attorney General of the federation.

In her reply, Justice Binta Nyako said the court was not a solicitor, but only hears cases.

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