Sunday, January 23

Court grants Nnamdi Kanu maximum comfort, change of clothing — Lawyer

A special counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, has given an insight into the court hearing of the IPOB leader on Wednesday.

According to Ejimakor, the court stated, “That Mazi Kanu be given maximum comfort possible in the detention facility. That he be allowed a change of clothing.”

The lawyer in a statement he signed, noted that during the hearing, there was a total absence of security operatives in the court and around the outer perimeters.

Previous appearances of the IPOB leader were greeted with heavily armed security operatives.

Also, Ejimakor stated that Kanu was not in court and there was no officer from the Department of State Service to explain why. However, from what he surmised, both the court and the DSS might have concluded that his presence in court was not strictly required in the sort of application that was moved in court today.

He added that the court did not grant Kanu’s legal team the leave to move their application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to continue the trial.

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The statement further read, “Recall that we had filed such application, arguing that the extraordinary rendition of Kanu constitutes a constitutional barrier to his trial. The court ruled that the application was not calendared for hearing today. That it will be heard at the next adjourned date.

“The court, after going through what it said is a tight judicial calendar, moved the date of the next hearing backwards from 19th to 18th January 2022. The court ruled that it will entertain all outstanding applications at the next hearing date, and proceeded to make the following Orders: That Mazi Kanu be given maximum comfort possible in the detention facility. That he be allowed a change of clothing.”

Adding that the court gave the IPOB leader the nod to practice his Jewish faith.

He further noted, “That he be allowed free practice of his Jewish faith including access to his Jewish religious materials. That the DSS obey all previous orders granted in the matter, including allowing Kanu any visitor of his choice. That Kanu be permitted, at his option, to mingle freely with other inmates or any other persons at the detention facility.”

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