ICYMI

June 14, 2024

Nnamdi Kanu: DSS not complying with court orders, legal team alleges

Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu

By Steve Oko

The legal team of the detained Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has alleged that the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, were frustrating its efforts to have audience with Kanu as ordered by the Court.

Kanu’s lead Counsel, Chief Aloy Ejimakor, in a press statement issued on behalf of the legal team, regretted that the team left the DSS premises without meeting with the IPOB Leader as the DSS refused to comply with the court orders permitting them unfettered access to him.

The legal team which accused the secret police of frustrating efforts to give Kanu a fair hearing, asked the Attorney General of the Federation to discontinue with Kanu’s prosecution if he would not be given opportunity to defend himself against the charges preferred against him by the Federal Government.

The statement made available to Vanguard read, “As the next hearing or trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case scheduled for 19th and 20th June 2024 looms close, the State Security Services (DSS) continues on its infamous path of frustrating every prospect of fair trial for Mazi Kanu.

“Today, being 14th June 2024, the DSS once again exhibited its vested disrespect for judicial pronouncements when it (in disobedience of court order) refused Mazi Kanu’s legal team to meet with him as a team (or together) to prepare him for the said hearing/trial, commencing on 19th June.

“The DSS insisted that members of the legal team (including the undersigned Counsel) must meet with Mazi Kanu separately or we must leave the premises. For this reason, Mazi Kanu’s team of lawyers left the DSS facility without seeing him, a situation that will surely complicate the hearing on 19th June.

“This latest disobedience of a subsisting court order by the DSS is symbolic of what has become an executive self-indictment of the trial that the government itself and the Court insist must take place.

“If they do not obey a simple court order that is directly geared to giving them the trial they so much desire, why then is the AGF still bent on prosecuting the case? Are we to believe that it is only a sham trial that they secretly desire? To be sure, it is impossible to prosecute a case without having the ingredients of a fair hearing in place.

“These antics are further evidence that the case against Mazi Kanu has no merit, hence the reason every avenue for a fair hearing is being blocked.

“If the AGF through the DSS, is apprehensive of the fell consequences of a fair trial, then they need to do the needful by discontinuing this case without further ado. Otherwise, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his legal team will resist any trial that is against the tenets of the Constitution.”