Outrage is trailing Monday’s visit of former Abia State Governor and Senate Whip, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, to the detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, at the headquarters of the Department of State Services in Abuja.
The visit had taken many Nigerians and supporters of Kanu by surprise.
The former governor informed the world about the visit on Facebook and gave the hint that Kanu refused to yield to his “advice.”
His frustration resonated in parts of the Facebook post.
On Tuesday morning, Kanu’s lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, condemned the visit, saying it was in violation of the guidelines issued by the Federal High Court, Abuja for visits to his client.
He said one of Kanu’s lawyers ought to have been present during the visit.
Though he didn’t mention the former governor’s name, Ejiofor said the visit was for “political gimmicks.”
He said the legal team had taken up the matter through appropriate channels to ensure a thorough investigation of the visit.
His Facebook post titled: ‘UPDATE ON OUR VISIT TO OUR NOBLE CLIENT, ONYENDU MAZI NNAMDI KANU AT THE DSS HEADQUARTERS ABUJA ON 29TH NOVEMBER 2021,’ reads: “Our yesterday’s routine visit to our Client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was hugely insightful, following the successful twist in our introduced methodology. Though it may appear complex before some observers, but very extant in the circumstance of this case.
Meaningful interventions were reviewed, and legal steps we are exploring to continue to checkmate the aggressors within the ambits of legal inhibitions were thoroughly x-rayed.
Kudos were given to deserving members of our Legal team who have remained outstanding in the discharge of their professional duties, as well as everyone of us who have remained relentless and resolute.
Our Client continues to admonish for peaceful co-existence of UmuChineke, unflinching support and unshaken loyalty.
You may wish to note, and be very much assured that our Client’s eyes are always on the ball, as he has remained ever resolute and unperturbed despite being gravely disappointed by those he hitherto trusted.
We can at best describe what transpired yesterday between a visitor whom the detaining authority ostensibly aided to violate the court-ordered guideline for visiting our Client as bizarre and unusual.
The DSS is not oblivious of the terms of the court’s guideline which they have consistently maintained in the past that it must be obeyed to the letter, and through which position they had denied many friends and Attorneys of our Client, access to him.
However, caution was thrown to the wind yesterday and instead of insisting on this full compliance with the existing guideline, the DSS for reasons best known to them allowed a visitor access to our Client even before the time scheduled for the formal visit and without his lawyers being present during the visit.
It is of serious concern that the visit was conducted without strict adherence to the court ordered guideline, but more condescending that the visit later became a subject of political gimmicks. If we Our Client’s Attorneys, his flesh and blood brothers, and his wife will visit him in due compliance with the court ordered guideline, how can the DSS authorize a visit from any other person in gross violation of this guideline? There is more to it than meets the eyes, which the DSS is now under a compelling duty to explain to us. Granted that his name appeared among the list submitted at the 11th hour alongside the names of the lawyers scheduled for the visit, but hurriedly proceeding to conduct the visit without us being present in line with the requirement of the guideline left us with many unanswered questions.
We have initiated a formal process towards ensuring a thorough investigation of what transpired yesterday, and we shall not hesitate to formally address the world on this subject if there is any attempt to sweep our petition under the carpet.
The Order of the court and terms as laid down guideline, to regulate visits to our Client is to ensure his maximum protection from persons who may wish to secretly seize the opportunity to hurt or intimidate him into accepting a false narrative outside the dungeon where he is being illegally detained, and they could achieve this through threats and/or coercion. Hence, the need for the presence of his lawyers before granting any audience.
We may not wish to speak further on this subject or even discuss our Client’s position on this visit pending the outcome of investigation on the DSS authorized violation of the court ordered guideline.
In as much as we have unequivocally demanded for an immediate investigation, we are not by any means insinuating that visitors of our Client’s choice are not permitted or restrained from visiting him henceforth, but our position is that every visit to our Client must conform with the already set out guideline by the court.
We shall keep you all updated as we navigate through this turbulent path, but just note that victory and nothing less than victory is our goal, and it shall surely end in VICTORY UmuChineke.
Please note that our Client is profoundly grateful for your dexterity and peaceful conduct so far. This too will soon come to pass.
Continue to pray ceaselessly and without season that we shall overcome, UmuChineke.
Thank you all and remain blessed.”
Commentators on the feed strongly criticised the former governor for allegedly violating court guidelines in making the visit.
They accused the DSS of planning to harm Kanu and vowed that they would ensure adequate reprisals if anything untoward happens to the IPOB leader.
They said the former governor’s opposition to Kanu’s objectives were clearly known and wondered why he was reaching out to the IPOB leader at this time.