This morning, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor was a guest on Arise TV, where he highlighted crucial concerns surrounding Nnadi Kanu’s case and his continued detention in the Department of State Security’s (DSS) custody.
Ejiofor who represents Kanu and IPOB raised some important topics during the interview, which was monitored by E-Nigeria Newspaper.
He started by defining the terms “arrest” and “abduction.” Sunday Igboho was detained in Benin Republic, he said, and his case is being handled properly by the court. Kanu, on the other hand, was kidnapped in Kenya and transported into Nigeria without going through the proper channels as required by international law.
He also revealed that when Kanu was kidnapped in Kenya, his family was searching for him because they didn’t know where he was. Kanu was kidnapped and held captive for eight days in Kenya, where he was severely abused and tortured before being transported to Nigeria in shackles and blindfolded.
Mr. Ejiofor also revealed that some of Kanu’s followers who gathered outside the courthouse yesterday were detained, although some of them had been released. However, troops in Kogi State seized others who were on their way out of Abuja and kept them in their barracks until now.
Ejiofor claimed that, unlike in 2015 and 2017, when Kanu was detained, the UK had shown little interest in Kanu’s wellbeing this time around. Between 2015 and 2017, he said, British officials would visit Kanu every two or three days or phone him to inquire about his well-being and case. Despite Kanu’s status as a British citizen who renounced his Nigerian citizenship five years ago, the UK has shown no concern this time around. Again, barrister Ejiofor accused the United Kingdom of being complicit in Kanu’s detention, claiming that their body language implies they are preoccupied with other matters other than that of Kanu.
He further stated that, contrary to new allegations made by Nigeria’s attorney-general, Mr. Malami, the FG has not brought any additional charges against Kanu.
In response to a query on when he last saw his client, Ejiofor stated that one of the reasons he is adamant about transferring his client to a correctional facility is because the DSS makes it extremely difficult to contact him.
“The DSS has repeatedly denied our client, Nnamdi Kanu, access to his lawyers and even his family members, and we have not been given adequate opportunity to prepare his defense while he has been in their custody. We applied for his transfer to a correctional facility so that we might have access to him in preparation for his trial.
Barrister Ejiofor insinuated once more that his client’s problems are the result of a probable plot involving the media, specifically Arise TV, and the Presidency.
In a rapid response, Reuben Abati, one of the anchors of the channel’s early morning show, advised the counsel to discard such notions, stressing that they were not involved in the situation and were merely doing their job as a media organization.
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra – IPOB – was apprehended in Kenya and returned to Nigeria. He was remanded in the facility of the Department of State Security Services – DSS, where he was denied access to his family and legal representation.
Shortly after Kanu’s detention, his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, wrote to the Director-General of the DSS, demanding a meeting with his client so that he and his team could prepare Kanu’s case.
Meanwhile, the DSS failed to provide Kanu in court on Monday, when the trial was scheduled to resume, and prevented his lawyers and journalists from the courtroom an action which has since sparked a debate among Nigerians.
In the process security operatives descended on some journalists and Kanu’s supporters in the court premises. READ IT HERE