Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the Lead Counsel to the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has accused the Department of State of Services (DSS) of refusing to obey court order by granting the IPOB leader maximum comfort in detention and change of clothes.
Ejiofor made this known in a statement on Tuesday, stating that the DSS has “unrepentantly continued to treat the orders of the court with greatest disdain”.
Recall that on December 2, 2021, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered that Kanu should not be discriminated against in the custody of the secret police.
Also, the presiding judge had ordered that Kanu be given maximum comfort possible in detention, be allowed a change of clothing, be allowed free practice of his Jewish faith including access to his Jewish religious materials, allowed to receive any visitor of his choice, and allowed to mingle freely with other inmates in DSS custody.
However, Ejiofor said when he visited Kanu in DSS custody on Monday, the court order was grossly flouted and ignored.
The statement, titled, ‘Update On Today’s Visit To Our Indefatigable Client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu At The Headquarters Of The Department Of State Services (DSS) Abuja’, read; “We were informed by our client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu that none of the pronouncement made by the Court on the 2nd of December 2021 has been obeyed by the lawless DSS. They have unrepentantly continued to treat the Orders of the Court with greatest disdain.
Our client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu further informed us that he had not eaten anything since Sunday, apparently being punished because we dared to complain to the court about the harsh condition under which he is being held in custody. But, very, unfortunately, this should be the height of their reckless affront to the orders of court.
“At the time Her Lordship made these far-reaching orders in open court, I did not mince words in bringing to the attention of the court that the operatives of the DSS will flout these orders, pursuant to which the court specifically directed me to come back to her with these facts if her order is flouted by the detaining authority.”
He added that the legal team would approach the court immediately with the development, which he described as “totally unacceptable, grossly condemnable, and intolerable