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Monday, 21 March 2016

The DSS said the court can't save me - Kanu

The DSS said the court can't save me - Kanu

Detained leader of the In­digenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of Bia­fra Radio, Dr Nnamdi Kanu, has said that state security officials told him that the courts could not save him. Kanu said through one of his lawyers, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, that operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) told him while he was in their custody that both the courts in Nigeria and the British gov­ernment cannot save him in his bid to regain his freedom.

Kanu, who is facing a six-count treason charge, asserted that he is a victim of persecution by the Feder­al Government and its agents which have continued to violate his human rights through his prolonged incar­ceration. Through one of his lawyers, the IPOB leader expressed his readi­ness to face trial, adding that what he wants is a “fair trial and not per­secution.” In a statement by the counsel, Mr. Ejiofor, which was made available to The AUTHORITY, Kanu said he was wrongly arrested and detained.

Kanu has already filed a suit be­fore the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice against the violation of his rights.
In the fundamental enforcement rights suit he filed before the ECOW­AS Court, Kanu prayed for requisite redress under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other International Conventions to which Nigeria is a signatory.

He said: “We were reliably in­formed by Nnamdi Kanu that his persecutors told him in the course of their interrogation that even the British government cannot secure his freedom, as the courts should go ahead and make orders they like but none would be obeyed,” Ejiofor said.
It was the submissions of his counsel that the unlawful detention of his client from October 14, 2015 till January 20, 2016, without any lawful order of the court, and in flagrant dis­obedience of orders of courts of com­petent jurisdiction, all directing for his unconstitutional release and dis­charge, amounted to a gross violation of his fundamental human rights.

Ejiofor, who chronicled all the al­leged breaches of Kanu’s fundamen­tal human rights, recounted that the Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abu­ja specified in the First Information Report originally filed against him, had discharged his client of all bogus and frivolous allegations against him but “the Department of State Securi­ty that dragged him to court refused to obey the orders of the same court”.

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