Our team of lawyers conducted the Court-Ordered routine visit to our indefatigable Client - Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, at the DSS Headquarters Abuja, where Onyendu is being held in solitary confinement, for over a year now.
The visit was conducted in accordance with the new guideline introduced by the DSS last week, which is in continued violation of the Court-Ordered guideline. Nevertheless, we met with Onyendu individually.
Onyendu was briefed on the latest communication from the United Nations Working Group (UNWG), which directed for his immediate and unconditional release from custody. Onyendu was exceedingly delighted that such respected World Body has finally intervened to activate an immediate change to the statusquo.
Onyendu was enthused by the courage, industry, and intelligence demonstrated by the Federal High Court, Awka in the landmark Judgement delivered on my case on the 22nd day of July 2022 against the Nigeria Police Force, the DSS, the Nigerian Army and Chukwuka Chizorom Ofoegbu (Ijele Speaks). Onyendu extolled the judiciary for reaffirming the age-old belief that the "Court is the last hope of the common Man".
Onyendu was however, deeply traumatized and saddened by the spate of extrajudicial killings going on in the South-East region. Consequently, he urged for restraint on the part of the State sponsored Militia group who engage in these unprovoked/unjustified killings.
Onyendu reaffirms that he has been consistent with his admonition for total peace in the South-East region, devoid of all forms of criminalities. Hence, he expressed worry that those who are purportedly fighting this crime are unfortunately, the people who are now pepertrating heinous crimes against the people they are statutorily mandated to protect.
Onyendu, therefore, urges the security agents to be guided by their Rules of Engagement and international best practices to avoid hacking innocent citizens in the process.
Furthermore, Onyendu implores UmuChineke to maintain ABSOLUTE peace and calm even on the face of the unprovoked attacks/killings. He seized the opportunity to remind everyone once again, to note, that the script being acted is not far from being targeted at deploying measures that will bring two brothers into needless confrontation.
Onyendu is delighted with the level of compliance with his directives for a peaceful region, and urged everyone never to be provoked into taking step(s) that will impact negatively on the feats already recorded.
We remain eternally grateful to you all for your prayers, uncommon solidarity and support, particularly at this critical time. We do not take it for granted.
Thank you all, Ezigbo UmuChineke and remain hugely blessed, even as you continue to remain law abiding as you have always been.
Sir Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Esq.
IPOB's Lead Counsel
25th July, 2022