By Henry Okonkwo
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer for Indigenous Peoples of Biafra leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has urged the Federal Government to obey the Appeal Court order and release his client immediately.
Ejiofor made this call in a statement issued on Monday after his routine visit to the IPOB leader at the DSS Headquarters in Abuja.
Recall that the Appeal Court had on October 13, discharged Nnamdi Kanu, after declaring his detention by the DSS as illegal.
The Federal Government, however, is yet to adhere to the court to release Nnamdi Kanu, saying that he was only discharged but not acquitted yet and that they would explore other avenues in law to pursue their case against the IPOB leader.
Speaking on FG’s stance, Ejiofor insisted that the federal government has no basis to file any criminal charge against Nnamdi Kanu unless they first obey the order of the superior court.
He vowed that the IPOB legal team, being led by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, is poised to pursue the release order won at the Court of Appeal.
The statement read, “We have just left the DSS Headquarters, Abuja, after our fruitful meeting/engagement with our ever resolute, indefatigable, erudite, and uncompromising Client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kamanu Ozuzu Kanu.
“Onyendu was exceedingly overjoyed with the news of the erudite judgement of the Court of Appeal, a copy of which was also made available to Onyendu. Onyendu could not hold his joy and immense gratitude to our legal team, ably led by the man of the letters – Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN.
“He is profoundly grateful to UmuChineke for your resoluteness and prayers, which impacted so positively in this victory.
“As you are all aware, upon the delivery of this judgement on the 13th day of October, 2022, the detention of Onyendu in the facility of the DSS, which was strongly condemned and equally prohibited by the judgment of the Court of Appeal under reference, became gravely illegal and unconstitutional as there is nothing whatsoever, legalising the further detention of Onyendu in the detention facility of the DSS.
“Unfortunately, the breach of Onyendu’s Fundamental Rights by the autocratic Government of Nigeria has continued unabated till now.
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“But, be assured, UmuChineke, and the entire World that we are aggressively pursuing total compliance with this Court Order within every permissible legal precinct and shall keep everyone updated.
“Onyendu’s legal team eminently led by a legal icon, a foremost and accomplished leading Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome is not relenting.
“The Court Order must be obeyed whether they like it or not. No criminal charge of any form can be filed against Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu again, and no indictment of any nature can be taken up against him. We have won them hands-down.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria has totally run out of options, and the only valid OPTION available to them now is to obey the Order made by a very Superior Court of record and immediately free Onyendu. The time is now, and it is irreversible!
“Today, being the 17th day of October, 2022, the judgement of the Court of Appeal delivered on the 13th day of October, 2022, which unconditionally freed Onyendu, was served on the Attorney General of the Federation – Abubakar Malami SAN, and the Director General of the State Security Service (DSS) Headquarters, Abuja.
“The DSS is expected to immediately enforce the positive Orders of the Court and immediately release Onyendu without further ado and unconditionally.
“We shall be exploring far-reaching legal measures to command immediate compliance with this erudite Court judgement freeing Onyendu, though the details of our strategic legal engagements shall remain private.”