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Ahead of June 19 trial, DSS denies Nnamdi Kanu’s legal team access

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Ahead of June 19 trial, DSS denies Nnamdi Kanu's legal team access

Ahead of expected June 19 trial, Department of State Services (DSS) reportedly denied legal team of incarcerated IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu access.

 

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is supposed to appear in court for continued trial on charges of terrorism on June 19 and 20. President Bola Tinubu through the Attorney General of the Federation said Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi (SAN) said Nnamdi Kanu would have his day in court. Tinubu said this in clarification of the stand of his administration in Kanu’s case since his rendition from Kenya by former president, Buhari’s government.

 

Nnamdi Kanu’s legal team, led by Aloy Ejimakor, said their visit to the IPOB’s leader, was to prepare for the trial coming up on June 19 and 20.

 

Ejimakor said as a team, DSS refused their entry. He said the DSS demanded that their communication with Kanu would be one after another and not to move in as a team.

 

Nnamdi Kanu’s legal team leader said the DSS’s stand put to test the fair trial promised by the federal government.

 

He added that DSS’s stand was in contravention of the rulings of court. He said different court rulings had maintained that legal team of Kanu should be granted unrestricted access to its client.

 

Aloy said DSS’s act already jeopardized fair trial for Nnamdi Kanu in the next trial days.

 

He said, “As the next hearing or trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case scheduled for 19th and 20th June 2024 looms close, the State Security Services (DSS) continues on its infamous path of frustrating every prospect of fair trial for Mazi Kanu.

 

“Today, being 14th June 2024, the DSS once again exhibited its vested disrespect for judicial pronouncements when it (in disobedience of court order) refused Mazi Kanu’s legal team to meet with him as a team (or together) to prepare him for the said hearing/trial, commencing on 19th June.

 

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“The DSS insisted that members of the legal team (including the undersigned Counsel) must meet with Mazi Kanu separately or we must leave the premises. For this reason, Mazi Kanu’s team of lawyers left the DSS facility without seeing him, a situation that will surely complicate the hearing on 19th June.

 

“This latest disobedience of a subsisting court order by the DSS is symbolic of what has become an executive self-indictment of the trial that the government itself and the Court insist must take place.

 

“If they do not obey a simple court order that is directly geared to giving them the trial they so much desire, why then is the AGF still bent on prosecuting the case? Are we to believe that it is only a sham trial that they secretly desire? To be sure, it is impossible to prosecute a case without having the ingredients of a fair hearing in place.”

 

Ejimakor added that the denial of access to Kanu’s legal team showed the federal government’s case against the IPOB leader lacked merit. He further advised the federal government to discontinue with the trial if Nnamdi Kanu could not be given fair trial. He added that court orders must be obeyed for Nnamdi Kanu to get fair trial.

 

“These antics are further evidence that the case against Mazi Kanu has no merit, hence the reason every avenue for a fair hearing is being blocked. If the AGF through the DSS are apprehensive of the fell consequences of a fair trial, then they need to do the needful by discontinuing this case without further ado. Otherwise, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his legal team will resist any trial that is against the tenets of the Constitution,” Ejimakor added.