Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel to the Indigenous People Of Biafra’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has accused the Federal Government of plotting through the Department of State Services to ensure that his client is denied a fair trial.
He made this outcry on Tuesday in a statement he issued to give an update on his visit to IPOB’s leader Kanu at the DSS cell.
Ejiofor alleged that lawyers were treated with much hostility and intimidation by the DSS operatives.
Narrating his experience, Barrister Ejiofor said he and his legal team were almost stripped naked when they were being frisked by DSS officers.
According to the lawyer, DSS’s continued move to dispossess lawyers of writing materials when going to see their client is a ploy to deny Nnamdi Kanu of having a fair trial.
He said, “It is pertinent to note that the harassment, intimidation, and manhandling of our lawyers by the DSS officials during the visit still continued, despite our protest last week.
“Lawyers were ‘practically stripped naked’ while searching for incriminating materials during a court-ordered visit.
“We, therefore, do not mince words in stating that it is no longer safe as it stands today for us who are visiting our Client.
“This hostile treatment is becoming exceedingly intolerable and unacceptable in the prevailing circumstance.
“We are now more apprehensive of the fact that no trial will commence in the circumstance we presently find ourselves until our Client – Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is transferred to the Correctional centre.
“He can not be tried for a one-way stereotyped conviction in the manner the Federal Government is presently pursuing this. To deny us, his lawyers, of writing materials and for the visits to be conducted under the atmosphere of fear and intimidation is highly unacceptable and condemnable.
“The script currently being played is a clear demonstration of the Federal Government strategy to deny him a fair trial, and we cannot accept it, under no circumstance. We understand the game and the dancing pattern.”
Barrister Ejiofor encouraged Nnamdi Kanu’s supporters not to relent in prayers as the case continues.
“I want you all to be reminded that the present development is a direct consequence of your prayers well answered.
“We crave for more prayers and urge you all to continue to remain law-abiding and peaceful in the conduct of your affairs.
“Be assured that with truth and God on our side, we will win the battle in court overwhelmingly.
We shall continue to keep you posted as the event unfolds, but be assured that we will have reasons to rejoice in no distant time,” he added.