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April 8, 2024

Fair trial not guaranteed for Nnamdi Kanu under his current circumstances – Ejimakor 

Why Nnamdi Kanu said Nigerian courts can’t try him - Lawyer

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu and his Lead Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor in a court session

Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, the lead counsel for the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has alleged that his client cannot have a fair trial if the Department of State Services (DSS) monitors their conversations.

Ejimakor said the DSS officials once had secret recordings of his meetings and conversations with his Kanu, and they presented a photograph of him and Kanu taken during one of his meetings in a court proceeding.

The IPOB Leader’s Special Counsel made these known during a press briefing at the weekend in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

Ejimakor said, “We have concerns about the privacy of our conversations. There was a day I was consulting with him (Kanu) with another colleague and they (DSS) took a secret photograph of myself. They accidentally filed that photograph as part of their proof of evidence in court.

“We were surprised that they were taking secret photographs of us, and if you go into the room, you will not see any camera. Evidently you have hidden eyes, hidden cameras and everything. What else do they have? Eavesdropping equipment, secret listening devices or what?

“We whisper in fear and sometimes you just have to pull him (Kanu) to say something or even pull yourself out to say something because you are ever afraid someone is somewhere secretly recording you.

“How can we conduct effective defence under this condition? It is not possible.”

Speaking about the confidence that Kanu will get a fair trial, Ejimakor said that their confidence is zero under the current circumstances.

The lawyer said, “The confidence is zero. Under present circumstances, our confidence is zero.

“There is no way Nnamdi Kanu can get a fair trial under the current conditions of his detention which encourage the profound interference with his access to counsels and adequate facilities to conduct his defence. There is not going to be any fair trial in that kind of scenario. Impossible!”