Nigeria

IPOB: Why Nnamdi Kanu hasn’t sent video, audio messages from detention – lawyer

Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday ordered the remand of fugitive leader of the indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in the custody of the department of State services (DSS).

Ifeanyi Ejiofor has given reason why his client and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has not been able to send neither an audio nor a video message to his supporters.

He explained that he was not permitted to do so because of the law existing in the facility where he is detained.

The counsel said this while reacting to questions from suspected IPOB members on Tuesday.

Kanu supporters had raised concerns after Ejiofor gave an update on his meeting with the separatists’ leader on Facebook.

After giving the update, one Henry requested, “Please Barrister, when next you see him please if use your phone and do a short video with him for us! Let’s see and hear him! My own worries though!”

“Barrister, we just hungry of his voice or face, we ve missed him,” Ikechukwu Joshua added.

Replying, Ejiofor said, “It’s not permitted within their environment but we are working out something more pronouncing than that. Already applied formally for that. Shall keep you people posted.”

Earlier, the lawyer posted, “Victory is ours! Nothing less than victory. Yesterday, being the 23rd of August 2021, we visited our client- Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, he is ever strong in conviction and can never falter.

“He sends his best wishes, compliments and regards to millions of his teeming supporters/fans accross the world, for their immeasurable solidarity, unwavering support, prayers and loyalty.

“More of his encouraging words to come. Other details shall remain private.”

The trial of Kanu, 53, resumed last month in Abuja where he faces terrorism and treasonable felony charges among others.

Nigerian officials have said that Kanu was brought back after he jumped bail and went on the run in 2017.

His family and lawyers say he was illegally arrested in June while in Kenya, tortured, and flown back to Nigeria.

Separatist tensions frequently flare up in southeast Nigeria, where a 1967 unilateral declaration of an independence for a Biafra republic by Igbo army officers triggered a 30-month civil war that left many people dead.

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