Kanu preaches unity, tolerance in DSS custody?
By Sunday Elom N
One week to expected continuation of his trial before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu seems to be in high cheerful spirit with high hopes as he was quoted to be preaching unity and tolerance in the country in the Department of State Services, DSS custody.
This was disclosed in a Twitter post, weekend by his lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor who had earlier lamented that despite writing DSS, he had not been allowed access to the IPOB leader.
“Today, I met with Onyendu at the DSS. We spent nearly 4 hours. My interaction with him was fulfilling. He’s cheery & looks forward to overcoming this predicament sooner than later. Again, he stressed UNITY and tolerance on all sides. He has you all in his thought,” the tweet read.
Recall that on June 29, 2021, the Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, told journalists in Abuja that the 53-year-old IPOB “Supreme leader” who fled the country in September 2017 after an invasion of his home by the military in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State, was rearrested in Kenya and repatriated to Nigeria through a collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and the Interpol.
Mazi Kanu has since his re-arrest been remanded in DSS custody after brief appearance before Justice Nyako.
Mazi Kanu and his co-defendant are facing an 11-count charge of bordering on treason, treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms, among others at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
However, his re-arrest has generated mixed reactions across Nigeria and beyond with most Nigerians of Igbo extraction cautioning the federal government to handle Kanu’s case according the constitution without bias and harm.
Owing to the fact that Kanu also holds British citizenship, his lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor had earlier disclosed to journalists that he had written the British High Commission, complaining about Kanu’s arrest and extradition.
Continuation of Mazi Kanu’s trial is slated on July 26-27, 2021 but the IPOB leader’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu has said that his family will not attend the trial until the federal government explicitly clarify his elder brother’s crime.
Emmanuel who alleged that Nnamdi was rather abducted in Kenya by the Nigerian government warned that nothing should happen to his brother whom he said did not commit any crime except being a freedom fighter.
There is high level of doubt that Kanu’s trial will hold on July 26th as his councils have threatened to boycott the trial.