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The family of detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has suspended the services of his lawyers.
The secessionist’s younger brother, Kanunta Kanu, who made this known in a tweet, yesterday, said Kanu’s lawyers, Prof. Mike Ozekhome and Ifeanyi Ejiofor, have been sacked.
According to him, the development followed inability of the lawyers to see their client, who is being detained at the Department of State Services (DSS) headquarters in Abuja.
But asked for his reaction, Ozekhome said: ‘I am just hearing. I didn’t know, and nobody has told me anything. I am just hearing about it.
‘I was with him two weeks ago. Aloy Ejimakor has been working very hard with his younger brother at the Supreme Court. They have been handling the matter competently at the Supreme Court and they have given me a date. I was in DSS two weeks ago to get a date for his treatment.
‘So, I don’t know what that one means. I have fought for that guy. There is no one who does not know how I have fought for that guy. We have never quarreled. I’m just hearing about it from you now.’
Kanunta also accused the lawyers of allegedly stopping medical doctors billed to attend to the secessionist at the DSS custody.
He said: ‘After Nnamdi Kanu’s case on May 11, 2023, Ozekhome refused to see his client at DSS headquarters, even after several messages from Kanu to see him.
‘Secondly, for stopping the medical doctors who were to examine Kanu on June 5, even when he and Ifeanyi Ejiofor were duly informed on June 2, and Kanu told them to inform his family to arrange that.
‘For those obvious reasons and many more, Ozekhome and Ejiofor are, hereby, sacked as Kanu’s counsel. The Kanu family appreciates your time and efforts so far. Please hand over legal documents ASAP.’
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom Court of Appeal has scheduled June 22 to hear an appeal by the family of Kanu over his continued detention by the Nigerian government.