A rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has knocked the Attorney General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, over the acquittal of IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The group said Malami’s activities are gravely pushing Nigeria into regional and international abyss of mockery, which it said has far-reaching consequences on the country’s socio-economic development, regional and international human rights, rule of law and democracy ratings.
Kanu was on Thursday discharged and acquitted by the court of Appeal in Abuja, but a release from the office of the attorney general insisted that Kanu was only discharged, but to acquitted, as several other charges were awaiting him.
But Intersociety in a press statement by the board of trustees chairman, Mr Emeka Umeagbalasi said: “Intersociety hereby strongly condemns Nigerian Government’s total disregard and disobedience to the landmark judgment of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal quashing the entire criminal trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“It must be clearly and strongly stated that the only option available to Nigeria’s Attorney General as the Law Officer of Nigeria is to fully consent to the landmark judgment or go on appeal within the stipulated timeframe.
“Should the Nigerian Government decides to head to the Supreme Court in exercise of its right under the country’s body of laws, then Nnamdi Kanu must first of all be set free-with the worst case scenario being to place him in civil liberties-compliant movement surveillance.
“The Nigerian Government disregard and disobedience to the unanimous verdict of the three Justices of the Court of Appeal was expressly contained in a press release from the Office of Attorney General of the Federation.”
The group said the arrogation of the Attorney General’s decision to arrogate power of interpretation to himself was unacceptable.
“Choosing what to obey and what not to obey in the landmark judgment is also tyrannical, vexatious and democratically calamitous.
“Consenting or not consenting to the landmark judgment is however immaterial to the order of the three Justices-led Court of Appeal: Release Nnamdi Kanu from protracted DSS dungeon.”