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Nnamdi Kanu’s detention condition at the DSS amounts to torture

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Press Release: 18th November, 2021

Subject: Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s detention condition at the DSS amounts to torture

Our Client, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has instructed us to make the following information public.

1, That despite a Court order to the contrary, the condition of his detention at the DSS headquarters in Abuja continues to be harsh, degrading and inhumane.

2, That he is solitarily confined to a very tiny cell twenty-three (23) hours of the day without access to sunlight and any social interactions whatsoever. He believes that this is aimed at inflicting extreme emotional and mental distress on him and breaking him psychologically.

3, That any detainee who encounters and greets him during the single hour he is allowed outside his cell is promptly put in solitary confinement or transferred to maximum security as a punishment for exchanging mere greetings with him. Because of this, detainees have resorted to avoiding him and exchanging salutations with him, not to talk of any other form of social interactions.

4, That since the Nigerian government extraordinarily renditioned him, he has not been allowed a change of clothing; and his Jewish prayer shawls and other religious materials brought to him by his Counsel were rejected and returned.

5, That the DSS has refused to replace his corrective glasses (lenses) which were smashed to smithereens by agents of the Nigerian government in the process of the violence they unleashed on him while abducting him in Kenya. This has led to a rapid deterioration of his sight.

6, That he is restricted to meeting with his Counsel in an atmosphere devoid of private discussions with his Counsel; and he is oftentimes denied perusal of legal documentation his Counsel brings to him to review.

7, That he is not allowed to sleep with a pillow and this has led to him developing acid reflux which comes with acute burning sensations in his chest, chest pains and extreme difficulty in swallowing.

Nnamdi Kanu’s detention condition at the DSS amounts to torture

8, That on the 17th July 2021, one of his Lawyers (the undersigned Barrister Aloy Ejimakor) was detained and interrogated for hours by the DSS when he came to the DSS on visitation to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Mazi Kanu, who witnessed the detention before being led away was very distressed and alarmed by this this incident and he considers it a brazen act of intimidation of his Counsel.

9, That he has, to date, been denied access to the British Consul despite her repeated requests to see him; and on the day of his last court appearance (10th November, 2021), the British Consul who was in Court to observe the proceedings was intimidated by DSS officers, who restricted her from coming close to Mazi Kanu.

10, That, to date, the DSS has denied his repeated requests for an independent medical examination to determine the extent of damage done to his body by a suspected substance he may have been injected with during this abduction and extraordinary rendition. He has reason to believe that the said injected substance is depleting the potassium content of his body, thus causing him constipation, a feeling of skipped heart beats, palpitations, fatigue, muscle weakness/spasms and numbness.

11, That in the circumstance of the forgoing, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu continues to have a persistent and heightened feeling of portent threat to his overall well-being and safety within the DSS facility where he is currently detained.

Signed:

Barrister Aloy Ejimakor
Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor

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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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Ex International Boxer Calls On FG To Release Nnamdi Kanu In The Interest Of Peace

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Ex International Boxer Calls On FG To Release Nnamdi Kanu In The Interest Of Peace

By Obiagwu Chrys

Nigeria ex International Boxer Mazi Comr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo wishes to use this medium to suggest to President Mmahumed Buhari GCFR and Attorney General of the federation that it is necesary the Federal government of Nigeria withdraws the criminals charges against Nnamdi Kanu for the interest of public peace and justice

In a short interview with Chrysora Media in his resident in Enugu on Monday, Mazi Okoronkwo
said that the unfolding of event especially the peaceful Monday’s sit-at-home experienced in South East States is a demostration of pubic opinion.

Democracy is the Government of the people, he said and Judicial Justice in Democracy system of Government is for (1) The Complainant,(2) The Accuse and (3) Public.

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“Therefore when the General public is of one opinion, the Government is duty bound to allow that opinion for the interest of peace and unity. If the Complainants in the case of Nnamdi Kanu decide to withdraw their cases for the interest of out of court settlement, it is the right thing to do and at the right time and direction.

Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo, the sports Ambassador explained that the above action has nothing to do with interference with the judiciary but it is a process allowed in a system to decongest Government owned Costudy center for the interest of fairness and spirit of Correctional in line with “No winner No Convict” approach.

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“Actually We at the South East is beginning to see some progress in some Federal roads project by President Mmahumed Buhari expecially Enugu/ Okigwe/Umuahia road which i have witnessed during grassroot boxing talent hunt exercise, which it is a very big plus to the FGN
But the continue prosecution of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will damage the good image of this administration, because some of the compaign of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is calculated by the public and seen as a fight against Corruption and slavery mindset of some particulary people in the helms of Government affairs” Mazi Okoronkwo said.

Finally speaking, The ex international boxer calls on the Federal Government to take the bull by the horn by withdrawing all the criminals cases against Nnamdi Kanu and discuss with him directly without any third party on how the country will move forward so that the Unity of our Nation will be use to reshape other west Africa and Africa Nation as Nigeria is calculated to be the leader of African Nations.

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“God has made it that South Eastern States seen as one of the major Arrows of Nigeria and should not be compared with other political zones. Release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will promote home security and Africa Peace” Mazi Okoronkwo said.

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Ndigbo Urges To Embrace Igbo Culture of Ofo na Ogu not Bible – Dikenweukpaja

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Dike Nweukpaja, the founder Ozioma Odinani
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By Oge Onyeanusi, Onitsha

Igbos has been urged to embrace their rich cultural traditional heritage and strive hard to protect them in that it will change the mindset of Ndigbo for a better society.

Speaking while delivering his lecture on Odinani series on Ozioma Odinani,at Awada Obosi in Idemili North local government area , the founder Ozioma Odinani , Dike Nweukpaja, emphasized that there is no need for igbos to start with pleasantries because the need hasn’t arise, igbos has to shun behaving like uncircumcised people since the Unity and Oneness which is Paramount is far .

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He urged Igbo to reformed themselves and go back to some important features that their fore fathers have that makes them live a little pure life with brotherly love and stop acting like over fed baby .

According to Dikenweukpaja ,god gave Igbos wisedom which they used to make wealth,”let igbos use their wisedom and make a society devoid of rancor and spread their tentacles and shun societal vices ..

“Ndigbo let us not forgotten the wise saying that provides “Onye buru Chi ya Uzo, ogbagbue onwe ya na oso”, also another Version provides “Nwata buru Nmanwu Uzo, ya na Oso, nmanwu buru ya Uzo, Nkwukwu ezue ya aru” (When one is ahead of his God, he will run of of breath…. When a Child trot ahead of a Menacing Masquerade he will be running out of control, but if the masquerade is ahead, the child goes into a Fit with sweat as his movement is measured with the Stride of the masquerade.

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“Let igbos remember their ancestral messages that outlawed anything that is abomination and know their gods, added that Ndigbo should joined together and shun the senseles beliefs that are brewing the Igbo land and form a common front for Unity of purpose. He stated .”

Dikenweukpaja remarked that imported outside God has done Ndigbo more harm than good.

He called on the Elders in Igbo land to rise up and live the life of Elder, and bring the new generation closer to Igbo culture and the tradition of land which almost about to go on extinct andurged all Ndigbo to instil on their children the important of Igbo culture and tradition.

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The Elders should be honest ,live examplary life and seat with Ofor na Ogu not Bible, and enlighten the young igbo generation the important of ofor na ogo as well as the oath of ometelu buru ,citing that the white people decived igbos and steal away their culture.

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