Ahead of Nnamdi Kanu’s trial in January, the lead counsel to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Ifeanyi Ejiofor has expressed optimism at the legal task ahead.
Ejiofor in a statement issued Thursday night after his routine visit to Nnamdi Kanu, who is being held by the Department of State Security Services since June 2021, said he expects better conduct of security officers ahead of Kanu’s trial billed to continue from 18 to 20 January at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The IPOB’s lawyer disclosed that their petitions to international institutions to prevail on the Nigerian Government to caution their security agents on their behaviours at the courts is receiving attention.
While maintaining Kanu’s innocence of the seven-count amended charges preferred against him, Ejiofor vowed that all the detractors of the IPOB leader will be “comprehensively humbled and permanently put to shame.”
He further relayed Nnamdi Kanu’s call on his supporters to conduct themselves with decorum, shun violence or deviant behaviour in any manner, and exercise restraint in speech.
The statement read partly, “On our part, we have caused formal correspondences to issue on responsible, sovereign, democratic Governments and other international institutions to prevail on the Nigerian Government to caution uncouth and overzealous security agents.
“We can authoritatively declare to you, UMUCHINEKE, that those correspondences are receiving the requisite attention they deserve. We are optimistic that there would be a positive transformation in the conduct and general approach of the said overzealous security agents at the next appearance of Onyendu in court.
“We make bold to state for the umpteenth time that Onyendu has not committed any offence known to law. For this reason, he must be released unconditionally.
“We specially appeal to you, UMUCHINEKE, to demonstrate profound understanding and fortitude in these trying times.
“You must remain focused, dogged, and resilient. On no account must your untiring spirit be shaken and your resolve diluted. You must keep the peace at all times and comport yourselves with decorum.
“In no too distant time, you will surely savour the sweetness of victory. Celebration and jollity will resound in your respective dwellings and sorrow and sighing shall take a permanent and unremitting flight to the abyss.”