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DSS again denies IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, access to his lawyers

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

Lawyer to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has cried out that the Department of State Services (DSS) has refused him access to his client, contrary to the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by His Lordship,  Hon. Justice Nyako.

This is as President Muhammadu Buhari and British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Thursday agreed that all such trials should follow due legal process without interference.

Barrister Ejiofor, in a social media post Thursday, lamented that he had been again denied access to Mazi Kanu by DSS officials who said that his request to see his client would be looked into and would need to be approved by the Director General of the agency before he could be granted access.

He said he would  “formally communicate the Court first thing tomorrow (Friday, July 30, 2021) morning on this unfortunate and strange development and shall keep the World updated,” stressing that the action of the DSS was in violation of the order of the Court and an agreement reached by the parties.

He stressed that he was not surprised by the conduct of the DSS, who, he said,  “have a history of disobedience to Court Orders,” but insisted that he was worried about the state of health of his client.

Full text of the statement by Barrister Ejiofor reads:

“On the 26th Day of July 2021, His Lordship,  Hon. Justice Nyako of Court No. 2 Federal High Court Abuja, after listening to our application, wherein I raised serious concerns about the safety and medical condition of our Client, whom ordinarily was supposed to be produced in court on that day, ordered that the Detention Authority (DSS) should allow us access to him.

“Upon our arrival in their office today being the 29th Day of July 2021, conspicuously armed with the Court Order under reference, the officials of the DSS, though admitted being aware of the Said Order but directed us to come up with a formal application stating the names of persons who are visiting,  which request was promptly complied with.

“While we waited to be admitted for the visit, the officials of the DSS, unfortunately, came back to inform us that we should go and  await further communication from them pending the approval of our request.

“Attached for your ease of reference is a copy of the Court Order under reference.  Details of the visit as worked out in His Lordship’s Chambers by  Counsel on both sides and Representative of State Security Services, collectively agreed upon by everyone, is not stated in the attached order, which details is known to all parties on the modality of the visit.

“I am not surprised by the conduct of the DSS who have a history of disobedience to Court Orders, but I am worried because we do not know the present state of health of our Client.  I cannot categorically confirm to the World the present state of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, as of today.

“It is to be pointed out that Our Client is presently detained in DSS facility pursuant to an Order of Court, and another Order made by the same  Court directing Our access to our Client on specified days, is, unfortunately, being flouted by the officials of the State Security Services, as they have no reason or justification of any kind to refuse us access.

“We will formally communicate the Court first thing tomorrow morning on this unfortunate and strange development and shall keep the World updated.

“Should anything untoward happen to Our Client, the Nigerian Government and the Department of State Security Services should be held responsible.

“Let the World and all responsible Foreign Governments take Notice of this dangerous trend.”

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