Ifeanyi Ejiofor, one of the lawyers representing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has alleged that his colleagues were harassed by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) during their visit to the IPOB leader in detention.
Speaking about a recent visit on Monday, Ejiofor said Kanu’s lawyers are “practically stripped naked” by DSS operatives “searching for incriminating materials during a court-ordered visit.”
He stressed that “it is no longer safe” for them to visit the IPOB leader, adding that the hostile treatment from the DSS “is becoming exceedingly intolerable and unacceptable”.
The lawyer added that the lawless actions of the DSS were aimed at usurping justice for his client, insisting that the Nnamdi Kanu should be transferred to a prison facility.
“It is pertinent to note that the harassment, intimidation, and manhandling of our lawyers by the DSS officials during the visit still continued, despite our protest last week.
“Lawyers were ‘practically stripped naked’ while searching for incriminating materials during a court-ordered visit.
“We, therefore, do not mince words in stating that it is no longer safe as it stands today for us who are visiting our Client.
“This hostile treatment is becoming exceedingly intolerable and unacceptable in the prevailing circumstance.
“We are now more apprehensive of the fact that no trial will commence in the circumstance, we presently find ourselves until our client, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is transferred to the correctional centre.
“He cannot be tried for a one-way stereotyped conviction in the manner, the Federal Government is presently pursuing this. To deny us, his lawyers writing materials and for the visits to be conducted under the atmosphere of fear and intimidation is highly unacceptable and condemnable.
“The script currently being played is a clear demonstration of the Federal Government strategy to deny him a fair trial, and we cannot accept it, under no circumstance. We understand the game and the dancing pattern.”
Nnamdi Kanu Thanks His Followers For Their Support
Speaking about Kanu, he said, “Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was visited yesterday and in his usual practice, he extended his compliments to his millions of supporters. He is indeed eternally grateful for the overwhelming support and show of solidarity.
“We crave for more prayers and urge you all to continue to remain law-abiding and peaceful in the conduct of your affairs. Be assured that with truth and God on our side, we will win the battle in court overwhelmingly.
“We shall continue to keep you posted as the event unfolds, but be assured that we will have reasons to rejoice in no distance time, Umuchineke.”
This comes a few days after Nnamdi Kanu was finally allowed to meet his family members who were accompanied by his legal team to the DSS headquarters in Abuja.