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The Department of State Services (DSS) has debunked allegations that its operatives harassed and manhandled lawyers to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, during a visit to their client.
The Eastern Updates had earlier reported that Kanu’s Lead Counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, on Tuesday for the second time, alleged the harassment of their lawyers during a visit to their client in the custody of the DSS.
Ejiofor, who made the allegation in a statement posted on his Facebook page, said the lawyers were ‘practically stripped naked’ during the visit which was on Monday.
He had earlier alleged they were subjected to the same treatment during another visit last Thursday.
Responding to the allegation, the Public Relations Officer of the Service, Dr Peter Afunanya, said in a message, ‘Not true, please.’
However, Ejiofor said they were apprehensive that no trial will commence in the circumstance until their client is transferred to the Correctional centre from DSS custody.
Ejiofor’s post on Tuesday reads: ‘Our Client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was visited yesterday and in his usual practice, he extended his compliments to his millions of supporters. He is indeed eternally grateful for the overwhelming support and show of solidarity.
‘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.
THE EASTERN UPDATES