Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the Lead Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, has claimed that the Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday refused to allow the lawyers of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to visit him.
He said that IPOB’s Attorney in the United States, Bruce Fein”, was among the lawyers prevented from seeing Kanu.
Ejiofor stated this in a statement Friday morning, accusing the DSS of using “extremely ridiculous” reason to deny them access to their client.
According to him, the alleged action of the DSS is a violation of the order of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja which ordered that the secret police should allow Kanu’s lawyers to visit him twice a week.
Recall that Ejiofor had previously alleged maltreatment by the DSS during the routine visits.
In the statement on Friday which he entitled: ‘Update on yesterday’s visit being 2nd day of September, 2021,’ Ejiofor said:
“Yesterday (Thursday’s) Court ordered visit to Our Client- Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was aborted by the officials of the State Security Services for a reason we find extremely ridiculous.
“Following the arrival of Mr. Bruce Fein, a foremost American trained Constitutional Law Lawyer and IPOB’s Attorney in the United States of America, the game obviously took an interesting twist.
“Despite our formal notification to the Service, in line with the existing protocol, and in compliance with the Court-Ordered guideline, the officials of the Department of State Security Services came up with an excuse, “that the person assigned to receive us during yesterday’s visit was on A SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT”, and as such, the visit cannot be conducted.
“This is not only ridiculous but a clear violation of the Court Order on guidelines for visiting our Client- Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“For the records, we have been consistently visiting Our Client on the specified days and time of the week, and there hasn’t been any time we were denied access to him on the ground that an individual assigned to receive us was not available.
“Needless to mention, that no one individual has been specifically assigned to receive us on any of the visits. They are fully aware that the visit takes place every Monday and Thursday.
“Thankfully, we have another date for Monday, and we do hope that this individual will be available on Monday to receive us, whilst we have taken steps to formally bring this latest infraction to the attention of the Court.
“We will continue to update you all, while we continue to urge for your relentless prayers and understanding. We are winning, you can be assured.”