IPOB bans counsel, brother from visiting pro-Biafra leader


The Indigenous People of Biafra has barred Aloy Ejimakor, one of the counsels representing its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, from visiting him in his cell at the Department of States Services headquarters.

The pro-Biafran group also barred Kanu’s younger brother, Emmanuel, from seeing him at the DSS custody.

The order was contained in a statement by the Head of the Directorate of State, IPOB, Chika Edoziem, on Thursday.

Edoziem, in the statement, said Ejimakor and Emmanuel were bringing in persons unknown to the IPOB’s leader as his doctors without the knowledge of the lead counsel, Mike Ozekhome, SAN.

He pointed out that such actions were endangering Kanu, insisting that as he prepares to undergo surgery while in detention, his personal doctor must be around.

The statement read, “The lead counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the matter instituted against him by the Federal Government which matter is now before the Nigerian Supreme Court is Mike Ozekhome, SAN, assisted by Ifeanyi Ejiofor and others.

“Any matter therefore concerning Mazi Nnamdi Kanu while still being detained at the facility of the DSS, whether such issues pertain to his health or otherwise must be brought to the knowledge and attention of the lead council.

“Ejimakor, Emmanuel Kanu and others working in cahoots with them must retrace their steps and desist from visiting the DSS office with people they call doctors without the knowledge of Mike Ozekhome, SAN, the lead counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”

The statement noted that the pro-Biafran group could no longer tolerate anyone or people who were either driven by pecuniary considerations or other motivations to endanger the life of Kanu while in DSS custody.

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“For the avoidance of doubt, it was Mike Ozekhome, SAN, and Ifeanyi Ejiofor that impressed upon the Director Legal of the DSS that it is absolutely necessary and important to have the personal doctor of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu get involved if any surgery must be conducted on him,” the statement said.

“How come those that were never present when the understanding was reached to have Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s personal doctor involved in deciding the issue of his surgery are the ones who are parading people at the DSS as personal doctors of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu?

“The attempt to smuggle in certain persons as Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s personal physician without informing the lead counsel is very suspicious, to say the least.

“The Directorate of State wishes therefore to inform IPOB families worldwide and Biafrans in general that if these individuals to wit; Barrister Alloy Ejimakor, Emmanuel Kanu and those working with them (their names are known to us) continue on this part they have chosen, they and the Federal Government must be held responsible should anything untoward happen to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”