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Biafra: IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Seeks Negotiation With Nigerian Government

Kanu has been facing terrorism-related charges before an Abuja Federal High Court since 2021 following his re-arrest in Kenya and subsequent extradition to Nigeria

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has expressed his willingness to negotiate with the Federal Government.

He proposed negotiations based on section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

Detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) since 2021 following his re-arrest in Kenya and subsequent extradition to Nigeria, Kanu has been facing terrorism-related charges before an Abuja Federal High Court.

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

He conveyed his desire for negotiations through his lead counsel Alloy Ejimakor while moving two applications before the court.

The first application seeks to move for form 49, while the second objects to the court’s jurisdiction. Ejimakor further stated that If these applications are denied, they plan to invoke section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

In response, the Federal Government’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, informed the court that he does not have the authority to negotiate on behalf of the Federal Government and advised Kanu to approach the Attorney General of the Federation.

Justice Binta Nyako, in response, clarified that the court’s role is to adjudicate cases and not to act as a solicitor.

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