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Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has reacted to death rumours concerning the Biafra agitator.
Ejiofor on Monday evening assured that Kanu is ‘very much alive’ in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) contrary to rumored speculations.
He made this disclosure while giving an update after a routine visit to Kanu in the DSS detention facility in Abuja.
The counsel, however, disclosed that the legal team could not see the IPOB leader during the visit.
In a statement he issued on Monday which was made available to The Eastern Updates, Ejiofor said the DSS top operatives informed the legal team that Kanu was protesting against his previous inability to meet with his legal representative.
He assured that efforts were on to resolve the impasse.
Ejiofor disclosed that he visited the DSS detention in the company of the lead Counsel, Mike Ozekhome, and Special Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor.
He said upon arrival at the facility, they were made to wait for over an hour without any assurance of seeing Kanu, despite meeting all protocols.
‘Following the stout protest by the erudite Silk, we were consequently brought in, to meet with some superior officers at a meeting where all superior personnel connected with the matter were invited. Far-reaching contacts were made to establish the fact that our Client- Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was presumably protesting the previous three visits which were aborted by the DSS.
‘All efforts made to move the visit to his very location of detention were not granted by the DSS, as they insisted that our request ran contrary to their procedure and guidelines.
‘Effort is presently being intensified to pacify Onyendu to have one-on-one discussion with his legal team, to enable us brief him on legal steps we may be compelled to take and measures to be adopted to assure him that there are legal consequences for flagrant violations of court orders by the DSS.
‘We are quite hopeful that this needless impasse will be resolved between now and tomorrow morning, to enable the legal team led by Ozekhome, to conduct the visit tomorrow. That has so far been assured us.
‘We can authoritatively confirm to you all at this stage that Nnamdi Kanu is very much alive, and still being detained in the facility of the State Security Services (DSS) National Headquarters, Abuja.’
The secret police had on three occasions denied Kanu’s legal representatives from having access to him.
DSS had claimed that its operatives meant to receive them were unavailable.
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