DSS is starving Kanu, denying him change of clothes – IPOB leader’s lawyer

Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra, Ifeanyi Ejiofor has raised concerns and the alleged maltreatment of his client in custody of the Department Of State Services.

Ejiofor, in a statement issued on Thursday evening after his routine visit to his client at the DSS headquarters, Abuja, revealed that the security agency has remained adamant about the court order that permitted his client access to fresh clothes.

Recall that Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja, had on 8th April, mandated the DSS to allow the IPOB leader to change his clothes while in their detention.

However, according to Ejiofor, the DSS has remained ‘adamant’ at that court infection and has continually denied Nnamdi Kanu from changing his clothes.

He said, “in line with the Court-Ordered guideline, we conducted the routine visit to our indefatigable Client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at the DSS Headquarters today.

“Pertinent concerns on legal matters of engaging urgency were frankly discussed with Onyendu, and the outcomes were fruitful.

“Onyendu’s continued use of same clothing is increasingly worrisome as the DSS personnel have blatantly denied him change of clothing in their usual flagrant disobedience of Court Orders.

“Recall that at the last adjourned date, being the 8th day of April, 2022, this issue was raised and the Judge ordered that Onyendu’s clothes should be taken along by the DSS after the proceedings, and should be promptly handed over to him upon their return to the DSS facility.

“Unfortunately, it is utterly disheartening to note that up until the time of our visit today, Onyendu has not been handed those clothes for a change.”

The lawyer, while lamenting the disobedience to court orders, alleged that the DSS have also taken to starving the IPOB leader of food. “Despite clear and unequivocal directive from His Lordship to the DSS’ lawyer to ensure that the Court Order is obeyed, the DSS in their usual style roundly ignored and treated it with utmost disdain, as they are yet to comply with this recurrent Court Order, requiring Onyendu’s change of clothing.

“We were also, reliably informed by Onyendu that his meals are no longer served regularly. Onyendu barely eats once in a day, and this situation is not helping his deteriorating medical condition.

“The lawless DSS  personnel have remained adamant with the manner in which they treat Court orders with levity and disdain, which is totally unacceptable as no one is above the law anywhere in the world.

“Be assured UmuChineke that we, in the legal team, are not resting on our oars towards ensuring that these infractions are addressed with immediate effect.

“Consistent with his nature of gratitude, Onyendu thanks you all, millions of his supporters and Ezigbo UmuChineke for relentlessly standing tall, it is not taken for granted by Onyendu.

“Also, Onyendu specifically requested that I inform you all, that you are in his prayers always too. Above all, he requests that you should all be assured that it will end in VICTORY in no distant time,” he added.

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Simon Ekpa

Simon Ekpa LL.M (Master of Laws) is a human rights activist, CEO, senior legal advisor at Ekpa & Co Oy, legal researcher, author, analyst, Finnish politician, Biafra agitator and a Finnish Military reserve.
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