Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has stated that IPOB is not an unlawful group as ruled by Justice Binta Nyako in 2017. The lawyer further reiterated that no other court or higher one has challenged or appealed against the verdict since 2017.
He, therefore, stated that his client will get justice because he has not committed any offence against the law based on the ruling, adding that Nnamdi Kanu is just a political prisoner.
In June this year, the IPOB leader was arrested in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria to face treason charges. He was subsequently arraigned and brought before Justice Binta Nyako, a Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, who asked him to be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Nnamdi Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him at the court in response to his agitation for the Republic of Biafra. Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor gave an update on his latest visit to Nnamdi Kanu in detention in a statement made available to journalist on Thursday.
The lawyer said his team has recorded impressive progress in the legal battle against the Nigerian Government, and that it was commended by the secessionist leader. While he enjoined Nnamdi Kanu’s supporters to continue to pray for him, he maintained that the pro-Biafra agitator is strong and determined in his commitment.
The statement read; “I had an extensive interaction/chat with our client Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu during today’s routine visit to the National Headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS). The strides so far recorded on our part is seemingly impressive though may remain unnoticed to undiscerning minds, and he welcomed every strategy being adopted by our team, as well as the coordinating efforts of all lawyers participating in this case, including those in the diaspora.
“He was also briefed on the inability of the Federal Government to file a response to his Fundamental Rights Suit pending before the Umuahia High Court. An action substantially challenging among others, the unlawful but bloody invasion of his home on the 14th of September, 2017 by the Nigerian Security Agencies.
“The Federal Government’s reasons for avoiding the court, though not far-fetched may not be unconnected to their inability to offer an explanation on their monstrous and bloody invasion of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s residence on the 14th day of September 2017, wherein over 28 innocent civilians were murdered in cold blood by the invading Nigerian Soldiers, and properties worth billions of Naira consequently destroyed in the process.
“Thankfully, the world is paying deserving attention to the gross human rights violations as it affects our client, as well as the continued onslaught on unarmed civilians being labeled as members of IPOB.
“It is on record that by the ruling of Justice Nyako delivered in 2017, His Lordship while ruling on our application, held that IPOB is not an Unlawful Organization. This Ruling of the Court was not appealed against, neither was it set aside by any Superior Court.
“We are not relenting in our efforts to ensure that justice is done to our Client, he will be freed and in no distant time, because he has committed no offence known to law. He is at best, a Political Prisoner. Nevertheless, Victory will be ours in the end. I see!
“Onyendu was very much overwhelmed to receive the report on the overwhelming solidarity and unwavering support so far shown by millions of his supporters. Peaceful conduct of his fans was also relayed to him and he encouraged all and sundry to be United in one peaceful solidarity.
“We implore you all to continue to pray for him even as you remain unshaken in your support and prayers, as you have always shown within the confines of the law.
“Onyendu is very much strong in spirit and firm in his convictions. You will see him soon. We shall continue to provide regular updates as the event unfolds. Thank you all and remain blessed Umuchineke, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor stated.”
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