The Court of Appeals Abuja made it clear on Tuesday that the transfer of its 21 Justices to various regions across the nation had nothing to do with the Court’s decision to dismiss and overturn the terrorism charges against Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
In contrast to a story in certain media, the Appellate Court said that the postings of 21 of its 81 Justices were a regular procedure intended to reenergize the Court’s administration of justice.
In a statement, the Chief Registrar of the Court, Malam Umar Mohammed Bangari, refuted media reports that the three Justices who gave the October 13 verdict ordering Kanu’s release from custody had been relocated.
In the statement said that only one Justice out of the three that handled Kanu’s matter was affected by the postings.
The statement read in part “The attention of the Court of Appeal has been drawn to a publication in the media on Monday, October 24, 2022, with the caption “Nnamdi Kanu: 3 Justices on Appeal Court Panel Transferred”
“The publication in question conveyed the innuendo to the effect that the recent postings of Justices of the Court of Appeal were in connection with or in response to the judgment of the Court of 13th October 2022 in Nnamdi Kanu Versus the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We wish to state categorically that the general postings of the Justices of the Court of Appeal under reference were routine and aimed at reinvigorating the justice delivery system of the Court.
“21 out of 81 Justices including 6 Presiding Justices of the Court were affected by the general postings.
“It is therefore incorrect to insinuate that the Honourable Justices who delivered the judgment in the Nnamdi Kanu appeal were the targets of the routine posting exercise.
“A few minutes of inquiry by the media could have clarified the fact.
“We appeal to the media to exercise restraint and circumspection in reporting matters about the Court and its operations.
“The Court of Appeal has an open door policy of providing easy access to the media to make inquiries and seek clarification on any matters of interest to the media for the benefit of the general public.