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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Press release statement by Egechukwu Obetta, lawyer representing IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu

Egechukwu Obetta, lawyer of Nnamdi Kanu, freedom broadcaster, Radio Biafra, issues important statement on client (Saturday 14 November 2015) The full text of recently released statement by Egechukwu Obetta, lawyer representing Nnamdi Kanu, freedom journalist who supports Biafran independence, currently detained illegally by Nigeria
(Nnamdi Kanu: freedom broadcaster, Radio Biafra)
IN THE MATTER OF STATE SECURITY SERVICE (SSS) AND MAZI NNAMDI KANU: PROGRESS REPORT
Preamble
We are Solicitors to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the Leader/Director of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), and Radio Biafra, respectively. He has retained our services and it is on this basis that we act. He shall hereinafter be referred to as “our client”.
According to our client, he was, on 14th October, 2015, arrested by the agents of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the State Security Service (SSS) in his hotel room i.e. Golden Tulip Essential Hotel Ikeja, Lagos State.
Between 14th and 17th October, 2015 his where about were unknown until 18th of October, 2015, when the Press Media broke the news of his arrest and detention by the SSS in Abuja.
He was subsequently arraigned on three count charges of Criminal Conspiracy, Managing and Belonging to an Unlawful Society; Criminal Conspiracy and Intimidation – these offences are in the category of simple offences (misdemeanor) hence bailable.
The following are highlights of our stewardship in the last two weeks:-
Our client was arrested by the agents of the State Security Services in his hotel room at Ikeja, Lagos state on Wednesday the 14th day of October, 2015 on suspicion of belonging to an unlawful society, criminal conspiracy and intimidation which are all bail able misdemeanor offences. Please find attached copy of the charge sheet, marked as exhibit.
He has been held incommunicado by the SSS ever since his arrest on the 14thday of October, 2015, and has been denied access to his physician and legal representatives even though the SSS has been fully apprised of the fact that he suffers from severe peptic ulcer and requires constant medication.
Due to the public outcry and the effort by our firm, the SSS on 19th of October, 2015 hurriedly arraigned our client on the aforementioned charges i.e. belonging to an unlawful society, criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation which are bailable misdemeanor offences.
The Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse II, Abuja, on 19th of October, 2015 granted our client bail in the most stringent condition of N10, 000,000 (ten million naira only) with one surety of grade level 16 in like sum and must be an owner of a landed property with an original, Certificate of Occupancy, within the Federal Capital Territory and for such landed property to be verified by the Prosecution from the State Security Service.
On 20th of October 2015 our Firm managed to meet with the bail conditions and duly informed the Prosecutor from the State Security Service as was ordered by the court.
Since 20th of October, 2015, the Prosecutor stoutly refused to conduct the said search and verification in a grand ploy to indefinitely detain our client extra-judicially and in flagrant violation of the Order of a Court of competent jurisdiction despite the fact that the bail conditions set by the court have been met and irrespective of the fact that the liberty of a citizen is in issue.

Miffed by the refusal by the Prosecutor to verify the property, our firm Egechukwu Obetta&Co. brought an application to the trial Magistrate on the 23rd of October, 2015, praying the court to make an order that our client should be produced from prison.
The Presiding Magistrate in response to our prayers issued an unambiguous and compelling Production Order for the SSS to produce Mazi Nnamdi Kanu before the Magistrate Court on the same date and explain why it failed to release him upon meeting the imposed bail conditions. Find the attached copy of the Order.
He has been held incommunicado by the SSS ever since his arrest on the 14thday of October, 2015, and has been denied access to his physician and legal representatives even though the SSS has been fully apprised of the fact that he suffers from severe peptic ulcer and requires constant medication.
Due to the public outcry and the effort by our firm, the SSS on 19th of October, 2015 hurriedly arraigned our client on the aforementioned charges i.e. belonging to an unlawful society, criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation which are bailable misdemeanor offences.
The Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse II, Abuja, on 19th of October, 2015 granted our client bail in the most stringent condition of N10, 000,000 (ten million naira only) with one surety of grade level 16 in like sum and must be an owner of a landed property with an original, Certificate of Occupancy, within the Federal Capital Territory and for such landed property to be verified by the Prosecution from the State Security Service.
On 20th of October 2015 our Firm managed to meet with the bail conditions and duly informed the Prosecutor from the State Security Service as was ordered by the court.
Since 20th of October, 2015, the Prosecutor stoutly refused to conduct the said search and verification in a grand ploy to indefinitely detain our client extra-judicially and in flagrant violation of the Order of a Court of competent jurisdiction despite the fact that the bail conditions set by the court have been met and irrespective of the fact that the liberty of a citizen is in issue.
Miffed by the refusal by the Prosecutor to verify the property, our firm Egechukwu Obetta&Co. brought an application to the trial Magistrate on the 23rd of October, 2015, praying the court to make an order that our client should be produced from prison.
The Presiding Magistrate in response to our prayers issued an unambiguous and compelling Production Order for the SSS to produce Mazi Nnamdi Kanu before the Magistrate Court on the same date and explain why it failed to release him upon meeting the imposed bail conditions. Find the attached copy of the Order.
The Production Order was communicated to the SSS by the court bailiff and the Police Orderly attached to the court immediately on the same 23rd October 2015. Regrettably the court bailiff together with the Police Orderly detailed by the court was sent back by the SSS and the Order was fragrantly disobeyed with impurity.
As it stands, our client has fulfilled the bail condition set by the court whereat he was charged with the aforementioned criminal offences.
The continued and unlawful incarceration of our client by the SSS defies all known democratic and constitutional provisions of the law, standards and rules set to safeguard the fundamental rights of citizens.
The SSS has no legal basis for the continued incarceration of our client whose health is severely deteriorating under the harsh and inhumane conditions that he is been held.
During this period, we have had intervening meetings/interviews with foreign government representatives such as representatives of the British Consulate, the U.S. Foreign Office, Amnesty International as well as Inter-society. We have also had series of press briefings/conferences with both the Nigeria Press Media and foreign-based media outfit such as Sahara Reporters and the Associated Press of South Africa. These were meant to add color of publicity in our tireless pursuit of our client assertion of his right to bail.
Our next moves
In view of the contemptuous attitude of the Federal Government’s (SSS) and their flagrant disobedience to Court Orders in this case, and the concomitant ridicule it has brought to the Judiciary, our firm intends to explore the following avenues :-
Host a meeting of representatives of all the non-governmental organizations in Nigeria.
Petition the Chief Justice of Nigeria, National Human Rights Commission, the National Assembly and the Nigeria Bar Association.
We are also preparing our brief to drag the Federal Government of Nigeria nay the SSS to the ECOWAS COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS to ventilate our clients’ right to personal liberty, freedom of expression, dignity of human person and equality before the law.
For emphasis
It should be noted that within the interval of eight days we have applied and gotten three Orders of Court against the SSS compelling them to release, produce or transfer our client to the prisons. It is heartrending to say that despite all the Court Orders emanating from a court of competent jurisdiction, the Department of State Security Service have wilfully refused to obey these order(s).
This is our stewardship in the last two weeks in respect of this matter.
Many Thanks,
Vincent Egechukwu Obetta,
Egechukwu Obetta & Co.
No. 44 Chime Avenue,
New Haven, Enugu

4 comments

  1. Impunity best defined. He did it as a military dictator and now as a civilian dictator. The only known treasonable felon for toppling the first democratically elected president of Nigeria in She just Shagari. Today, Nigeria is hosting him as president instead of punishing him for treason. Nigeria is not a country indeed as posited by Prof. Ninians Osundare. Biafra is that country that Nigeria would never be. Come now o! Biafra!

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  2. Impunity best defined. He did it as a military dictator and now as a civilian dictator. The only known treasonable felon for toppling the first democratically elected president of Nigeria in She just Shagari. Today, Nigeria is hosting him as president instead of punishing him for treason. Nigeria is not a country indeed as posited by Prof. Ninians Osundare. Biafra is that country that Nigeria would never be. Come now o! Biafra!

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  3. Buhari should resign with immediate effect....He has no respect to the oath he sworn during His inauguration to uphold the integrity of the Country Nigeria's law..The court should order for the arrest of the director of DSS...if the so called law enforcement agencies cannot obey court order, then tell me what the ordinary citizens should do...monkeys and baboons..what do one expect from such animal kingdom they are actually behaving like one a place of lawlessness...

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    1. This is the very reason we MUST CONTINUE to match on and agitate for our freedom. Gadhafi never thought the Libyans could stand up to him. I remember listening to him on CNN when he called his people cockroach and gave instruction to crush them. The Syrian President never took his people serious either... And where are they today? The beauty about Biafra, is, it is spiritual, bigger than any person born of a woman, like our director always say... It is about time we stand up and say, NO MORE! As we are right now and never be afraid. When such happens (fear) we will be their slave forever. One thing that is clear is, freedom is not cheap nor free. It is not for the weak and lame. AND NO country WILL fight this battle for us but us, the Biafrans. We need to , in everyway we can support this cause. Our radio state, which is our mouth piece, that tells our story. Yoruba media will not and has never told our story. Take first aid kit and support our children agitating for restoration of Biafra, provide them with food, water and etc. But most importantly, get yourself involved with our 21days fasting. Tell all your friends about our cause. May Chukwu Okike Abanma bless all of us and continue to protect us during this period. I am very excited to be part of this history. A story I will tell my grand children some day. One more thing, take as much pictures as you can. This is a big history that we are part of. All hail Biafra! Keep on keeping on!

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