Nnamdi Kanu Says Terrorism Prohibition Act Forbids His Trial in Nigerian Courts


In a recent interview, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has stated his belief that no Nigerian court has the legal authority to try him.

Following the Federal High Court’s rejection of his bail and transfer applications in Abuja on Monday, Nnamdi Kanu addressed journalists within the court, citing the Terrorism Prohibition and Prevention Act in his defense. According to Kanu, the Act prevents any court in Nigeria from trying him, essentially rendering his trial illegal.

Kanu specifically cited Section 2, Subsection 3(f) of the Act, which he claims designates anyone attempting to try him as a terrorist.

Kanu emphasized that under this provision, any court proceeding with his trial would be committing an act of terrorism

He said, “Terrorism Prohibition and Prevention Act said that I cannot be tried in Nigeria, that is the law of Nigeria. I can never be tried in any court of law in Nigeria. That is what the law says.

“Anyone standing in trial or coming to try me is a terrorist. That is what the law says, not me.  Section 2, Subsection 3 F of Terrorism Prevention and Prohibition Act, that is what it says.

“Any court continuing to try me is commiting an act of terrorism.”

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