June 18, 2024

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“Pleading With Nigerian Government To Release Me Is An Insult” Says Detained IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu


Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has declared he will stop pleading with the Nigerian government for his freedom following his release by Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court.


Kanu’s principal attorney, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, lamented the appalling state of Kanu’s incarceration facility while under the Department of State Services’ custody in a letter dated August 25, 2023, and made available to newsmen on Monday.


The attorney requested that a Magistrate be appointed to visit the detention facility by the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory’s High Court.


Kanu claims that pleading for his release at this time would be disrespectful to the memory of the late Pa Mbazulike Amechi, who, despite his advanced age and failing health, frequently traveled from the South-East to Abuja and begged the Federal Government to carry out his last wish, which was met with contempt and was not carried out.


According to a statement released by Kanu’s attorney Ifeanyi Ejiofor with the title, “Update on our routine visit to our indefatigable client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, at the Headquarters of the State Security Services, Abuja, where he is still being illegally and unconstitutionally detained in solitary confinement,” these were the main topics of conversation during the meeting between the IPOB leader and his attorneys and family.


Ejiofor said, “Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu used the opportunity offered by the visit to extend his heartfelt gratitude to all people of good conscience and groups calling for his release. He however, observed that many people may not have understood the peculiarity of his case, but proceeded to urge us to clarify that he has been effectively and validly discharged by the judgment of the Court of Appeal, delivered October 13, 2022, which said judgment also prohibited his further trial and detention. Therefore, there is no charge pending against Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu before any court as of today.


“Furthermore, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has stated unequivocally that pleading with the Federal Government to release him at this time is an insult to the memory of late Pa Mbazulike Amaechi, who, despite his age and ill health, repeatedly traveled from the South-East to Abuja, pleading with the Federal Government of Nigeria to honor his dying wish, a request that was treated with disdain by the Federal Government and was also not honored.


“Thus, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is of the firm view that he does not need to beg the FGN to release him. The Court of Appeal has already made a pronouncement in that regard and that pronouncement has remained sacrosanct to date.


“Therefore, the call every person of goodwill should make in the circumstance of his continued illegal detention is for the Supreme Court to set down a date for the expeditious hearing of the appeal filed by the Federal Government, as provided for in the Criminal Appeals Practice Directions of the Supreme Court.


“We visited our indefatigable Client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, today, the 28th day of August 2023, to brief him on the various intervening actions taken by the legal team ably led by Prof. Mike Ozekhome, SAN, to address pertinent concerns affecting his welfare and failure of the SSS to avail him of his medical records.


“To this end, an application has been made to the Honourable Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory by our erudite Lead Counsel – Prof. Mike Ozekhome SAN, to appoint a Magistrate that will visit and inspect the SSS facility/cell where Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been held in solitary confinement since June 2021 till date, in pursuance to the relevant provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.


“Following the SSS refusal to avail Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu with his medical records, as directed by Hon. Justice Binta Nyako, in the judgment delivered on July 20, 2023, our erudite lead counsel, Prof. Mike Ozekhome, SAN, was compelled by this brazen disregard to an order of Court by the SSS, to initiate a contempt proceeding against the State Security Service and her Director General, for this gross violation of positive Orders of Court.”

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