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DSS disobeys court orders granting Kanu change of clothing, others – Lawyer

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The Department of State Services has refused to obey court orders granting Nnamdi Kanu maximum comfort in detention, change of clothing, amongst others, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel for the embattled Indigenous People of Biafra leader has said.

The lawyer, in a statement on Tuesday, kicked that the detaining agency has “unrepentantly continued to treat the orders of the court with greatest disdain”.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered on December 2, 2021 that the secessionist leader should not be discriminated against in the custody of the secret police.

The presiding judge had also ordered that Kanu be given maximum comfort possible in detention, be allowed a change of clothing, be allowed free practice of his Jewish faith including access to his Jewish religious materials, allowed to receive any visitor of his choice, and allowed to mingle freely with other inmates in DSS custody.

Justice Nyako also adjourned the trial of Kanu till January 18, 2022, after granting a motion for an abridgement of time.

But Ejiofor said he visited Kanu in DSS custody on Monday, saying that despite the orders made by the court on December 2, 2021, the DSS flouted and ignored the court orders.

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The statement was titled, ‘Update On Today’s Visit To Our Indefatigable Client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu At The Headquarters Of The Department Of State Services (DSS) Abuja’.

He wrote, “We were informed by our client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu that none of the pronouncement made by the Court on the 2nd of December 2021 has been obeyed by the lawless DSS. They have unrepentantly continued to treat the Orders of the Court with greatest disdain.

“Our client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu further informed us that he had not eaten anything since Sunday, apparently being punished because we dared to complain to the court about the harsh condition under which he is being held in custody. But, very, unfortunately, this should be the height of their reckless affront to the orders of court.

“At the time Her Lordship made these far-reaching orders in open court, I did not mince words in bringing to the attention of the court that the operatives of the DSS will flout these orders, pursuant to which the court specifically directed me to come back to her with these facts if her order is flouted by the detaining authority.”

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He said the legal team of the IPOB leader would be approaching the court immediately with the development, which he described as “totally unacceptable, grossly condemnable, and intolerable.”

Ejiofor insisted that Kanu has not been convicted for committing any crime and he is still presumed innocent of every allegation against him.

“The detaining authority (DSS) is an Agency clearly established by instrumentality of the laws and should operate within the confines of the same laws establishing them, and should not be seen as a lawless entity, which unfortunately is what they represent in practice,” he said.

Kanu, 54, was born on September 25, 1967, at Afaraukwu, Abia State. He had been arrested in 2017 for demanding the secession of the South-East zone from the Nigerian State.

However, he jumped bail in June 2018 before leaving for the United Kingdom, though he said that he fled because his life was no longer safe in Nigeria.

After about three years abroad, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), at a press briefing in Abuja on June 29, 2021, announced that the IPOB leader was re-arrested in a foreign country and extradited to Nigeria.

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His lawyers had said the IPOB leader was re-arrested in Kenya and whisked to Nigeria.

Upon his re-arrest and extradition in June 2021, he was re-arraigned before Justice Nyako for terrorism-related charges brought against him by the AGF office. Kanu has since been remanded in the DSS custody in Abuja and has since appeared in the same cloth he wore at the time of his arrest.

Meanwhile, the AGF has said that it is premature to pardon Kanu, adding that the IPOB leader is still standing trial for terrorism-related charges.

On November 19, 2021, some respected Igbo elders, led by Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, visited the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) in Aso Rock and requested the unconditional release of the detained secessionist leader.

Buhari had told them he would not want to interfere in the running of the judiciary but said he would consider their demand though “a heavy one.”

Malami had also on November 10, 2021, said a political solution cannot be ruled out to resolve the crisis surrounding separatist agitations in Nigeria but he recently made a U-turn and said the option is not on the table yet.

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No sit-at-home in the SouthEast on 19 and 20 January – IPOB

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has stated that there will be no sit-at-home in Biafra land on January 19th and 20th.

The Media and Publicity Secretary for IPOB, Comrade Emma Powerful stated this in a press release made available to Chrysora Media on Saturday.

Emma Powerful stated, however, that the entire Biafra land will be on lock down only on January 18, the day their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is billed to appear in court.

He noted that 19th January is the judgment day in the suit by Nnamdi Kanu against the Federal Government in a suit pending before an Umuahia High Court.

“So, there will be no sit-at-home on that day,” he said categorically.

Regretting the inconveniences caused by the routine lockdowns, he said:

“We don’t want to compound the pains of our people, hence, we will limit the sit-at-home to only January 18.

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“Biafrans and residents of Biafra are free to go about their businesses without molestations on 19th and 20th January.

“Anybody found enforcing non-existent Monday sit-at-home on 17th, 19th and 20th is criminal and must be treated as such.

“IPOB leadership have given order and that order is signed.”

Emma Powerful urged IPOB coordinators to be careful because every principal of IPOB, mostly the coordinators, must know that it will bounce on their heads if they don’t checkmate the activities of members and call them to order.

“IPOB is not village or social club where everybody will behave untoward to people like cultists.

“It is on the table and to the knowledge of IPOB leadership how some principal officers were encouraging evils in IPOB without minding the repercussions and consequences but we want to make categorically known to them that it will come back to him or her that encouraged evil against his or her fellow human beings,” he said.

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For clarity sake, he reiterated that there will be no sit-at-home on January 19th and 20th.

No sit-at-home in the SouthEast on 19 and 20 January – IPOB

“Nobody is expected to interfere with either human or vehicular movements in those days under any guise.

“Any detractor or agent of darkness caught obstructing peoples activities in Biafra land on January 19th and 20th in the name of enforcing sit-at-home will regret his or her actions.

“We realise that some unscrupulous and traitors are trying to create confusion about these days and dishing false information and propaganda trying to create confusion in Biafra land.

“IPOB never declared sit-at-home on 19th and 20th of January 2022. Therefore, we want all Biafrans to go to their normal business on these days without fear.

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“Anybody issuing order for sit at home on 19th and 20th of January is not a member of IPOB.

“Such persons are working against the interest of our leader and the entire struggle for independence. They should be disregarded.

“For the umpteenth time, IPOB is under one Central command and Control , and doesn’t have parallel or factional leadership.

“The Directorate of State (DOS) under the command of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is in charge of the global movement of IPOB.

“Anybody who is not loyal to DOS is an impostor and should be disregarded.

“We expect our people everywhere to adhere to this directive and refuse to be misled by sacked members of IPOB in Europe and America.

“IPOB remains unshakeable, built and rooted on the rock and will remain so until the freedom for Biafra is fully achieved,” he concluded.

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Nnamdi Kanu: Uphold Justice, Ohanaeze Youth Council Urges Abia Judiciary

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The apex youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Ohanaeze Youth Council has charged the Judiciary to deliver judgement on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu case without any fear or favor.

The Council gave this charge today, Friday, January 14, 2022, through her National President, Comrd. Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, during an interface with newsmen in Umuahia, Abia State capital.

The council recalled that Barr. Aloy Ejimakor had earlier filed a suit on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s fundamental human rights at Abia State High Court Umuahia, seeking to enforce his human rights against the Nigeria government and her security agents.

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Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC) has been following and monitoring the Abia Court proceedings since 27th August 2021 that the case was filed, till the last court appearance when the suit was heard and concluded on 10th December, 2021 before Justice Benson Anya of the High Court of Abia State in Umuahia.

Comrade Igboayaka, while speaking as regards the case expressed confidence in the Judiciary and urged the Judge to deliver judgement in accordance with the law without prejudice.

He further stated that; “One of the greatest values of Judiciary is her independence, and this value has shaped the pathway of Judiciary in Nigeria, by giving hope to a common man. Therefore, Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC) the mouthpiece of over 30 million Igbo Youths, count on Judiciary to serve justice on the Case of Fundamental human rights of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on 19th January 2022”.

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Meanwhile, Igboayaka used the medium to urged members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to remain calm and “act within the framework of the law”, pointing out that the “Judiciary will continue to checkmate Executive rascality by delivering sound judgement devoid of Executive influence”.

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IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu Fully Prepared To Appear In Court Next Week – Lawyer

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is optimistic of victory as he would appear before Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja next week, his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor has said.

Ejiofor said this in a statement he issued on Friday morning after his routine visit to Kanu at the Headquarters of the Department of State Services.

He said, “In the course of the visit, our discussions focused primarily on our final preparations for the legal battle that would resume on the turf of the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division, from next week and on subsequent adjourned dates, if any.

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“We coalesced the product of our individual reflections on the most potent legal strategies henceforth to be adopted, fine-tuned and harmonised them, and then distilled them into a single, conclusive, potent, workable formula. We are optimistic that the court outings of Onyendu would be impressive. Onyendu himself is in high spirit.

“Our discussions with him further reassured him and strengthened his determination to persevere unrelentingly. I declare to you, Umuchineke, that Onyendu is fully prepared to appear in court as from January 18 2022. He is rooting for victory and knows that, with the help of Chukwuokike Abiama, victory is assured.

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