Lead lawyer for leader of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has said that a fortified legal team for Kanu is ready to meet the authorities prosecuting their client in court on July 26, 2021, the adjourned date.
In a statement confirming receipt of correspondence from the Federal High Court Abuja, on the arrest and the extradition of his Client by the Nigerian State, Ejiofor insisted that Kanu is still presumed innocent and must be given a fair hearing/trial as guaranteed by the constitution.
He also urged that the IPOB leader’s “safety as also guaranteed under our law throughout the trial and afterwards, should be enforced.”
Full text of statement reads:
IPOB LAWYER CONFIRMS ARREST OF NNAMDI KANU, CALLS FOR CALM
We have just confirmed through a correspondence from the Federal High Court Abuja, about the arrest and the extradition of my Client- Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the Nigerian State.
It is to be noted therefore, that no matter the gravity of the offences or charge preferred against him, Section 36(5) of the Constitution still presumes him innocent of the allegation.
He was brought before the Federal High Court No 2 Abuja today on an Eleven count charge, though without our knowledge.
As it is in the public domain, the matter has been consequently adjourned to the 26th Day of July 2021, for Continuation of Trial.
The legal team ably led by my humble self will meet them in court on this date.
We insist that he must be given a fair hearing/trial which is his constitutionally protected right.
His safety as also guaranteed under our law throughout the trial and afterwards, should be enforced.
Our fortified Legal team will be meeting to agree on strategies within the context of the Charge and disposition of the Court.
Await further update from us as we progress.
Thank you and remain blessed.
Bar. Ifeanyi Ejiofor
IPOB/Nnamdi Kanu lead Counsel.