Ejimakor: DSS denies Nnamdi Kanu, lawyers access to ‘secret room’ meeting

The lead Counsel for Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Aloy Ejimakor, has accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of disobeying a court directive.

According to Ejimakor, DSS officials prevented Kanu from meeting with his legal team in a secluded room as mandated by Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja Federal High Court.

On May 20, 2024, Justice Nyako ordered the secret service to allow Kanu to confer with five lawyers in a private setting to prepare for his trial.

Recalling the court order modifying the conditions for Kanu’s legal consultations, Ejimakor emphasized that it was intended to enhance the preparation for Kanu’s trial to ensure a fair legal process.

He elaborated, stating that Kanu was supposed to meet with up to five lawyers collectively, in a private room at the DSS facility where he is being held. However, the DSS allegedly violated this directive by insisting on separate meetings with each lawyer.

In a statement issued by Ejimakor, he highlighted the DSS’s refusal to comply with the court order, asserting that the situation further confirmed their concerns about Kanu’s detention hindering the possibility of a fair trial.

Moreover, Ejimakor criticized the inadequate privacy of the room where the lawyers were individually taken to meet Kanu, expressing doubts about potential surveillance devices.

He also mentioned the DSS’s restriction on bringing in reading materials, such as books, and the confiscation of eyeglasses during the consultations, which impaired the lawyers’ ability to review essential legal provisions with Kanu.

Consequently, Ejimakor implied that the prosecution’s desire for a fast-tracked trial lacked sincerity and fairness, suggesting a possible agenda for a biased legal process.

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