DSS men forced the legal team members of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu headed by Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor to remove their shoes and eyeglasses, thereby offering them slippers after searching them like hardened criminals before they were allowed to see Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) have extended their lawlessness to the legal representatives of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as the secret policemen subjected the legal counsels to inhuman treatment.
Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu revealed this in an update to our reliable source on Thursday following the lawyers’ routine visit to the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor stated that the DSS men forced the legal team members of Nnamdi Kanu to remove their shoes and eyeglasses, thereby offering them slippers after searching them like hardened criminals.
Though he reiterated that the encounter was successful as Nnamdi Kanu was motivated as ever, he condemned the treatment of the lawyers by DSS operatives and referred to it as dehumanizing and embarrassing.
According to the words of Ifeanyi Ejiofor; “The routine visit to our client, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was conducted today, and it went successfully. Our client, Nnamdi Kanu, specifically requested for his kind regards and compliments to be conveyed to millions of his teeming supporters and well-wishers. He is deeply appreciative of your unwavering solidarity and support towards him. He didn’t hesitate in requesting that you all should continue to pray without season, because it is positively impacting.
“However, today’s visit witnessed a fundamental change in the DSS headquarters with the new procedures conventionally adopted for conducting the visit.
“We were initially disturbed by the method now introduced by the DSS, but we feel compelled in the prevailing circumstance to make public our strange experience which borders on the improper treatment of lawyers in the course of conducting a court-ordered visit to their client who is undergoing trial.
“Lawyers on this visit were searched in a manner akin to a situation where hardened criminals are being searched for possible incriminating substance and object.
“They were traumatized not only because they were inhumanly treated as criminals on investigation, but the lawyers were further dehumanized after this embarrassing and unwarranted frisking, by being allowed to wear only slippers, after their shoes, eyeglasses and writing materials where collected from them by the DSS, before they were allowed to visit their client,” Ifeanyi Ejiofor stated.
The legal practitioner, however, stated that Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers would not condone such demeaning experience in the hands of the DSS operative in their subsequent visits, adding that it was unpardonable and intolerable. Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor urged Nnamdi Kanu’s supporters to be steadfast, focused, peaceful and law-abiding not minding the humiliating experience they faced yesterday in the hands of the DSS operatives.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor added saying; “Though, it readily called for immediate intervention of the Court to look into this matter because it is our right as clearly backed up by the Order of the Court, to visit Our Client Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on these specified dates and times, but subjecting lawyers to inhuman treatment in the course of conducting a legitimate visit is what we consider unjustified and unacceptable.
“We cannot be subjected to any form of intimidation and harassment during subsequent visits to Our Client, because the alien style is only targeted at imputing fear in us, which action we shall resist within the confines of extant laws.
“We shall get this infraction addressed by the Court in the fullness of time, as processes incidental thereto has been promptly initiated,” Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor concluded.
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