In the ongoing legal proceedings involving the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a public notice issued by Kingsley Kanu, also known as Kanunta Kanu, claimed that the IPOB leader had terminated his legal team led by Dr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN).
Ejiofor in a statement described the public notice as “defamatory, mischievous, fake, reprehensible, denigrating, insulting and unauthorized” designed to ridicule and embarrass the legal team.
“Neither Kingsley Kanu nor anybody acting on his behalf engaged Mike Ozekhome, to represent Onyendu in any matters affecting him. Biafrans and members of the public are aware that Onyendu specifically requested to see Mike Ozekhome upon his abduction and extraordinary rendition to Nigeria. During that meeting, which details are already in the public domain, Onyendu personally briefed Mike Ozekhome to head his legal team. Till date, Mike Ozekhome, SAN has done creditably and overwhelmingly well in deploying his advocacy skills in representing Onyendu in all Courts in Nigeria.
“Further to the above, my briefings with Onyendu, lasted for over one hour, during which we discussed pertinent issues concerning his legal and health matters.
“There was no time during the meeting that Onyendu entertained or expressed any iota of doubt whatsoever on the ability of his indefatigable legal team, ably led by Mike Ozekhome, to defend him. Onyendu, also proceeded to avail me with other important messages to be passed on to his lead counsel which assignments are expected to be conducted within the next 24 hours.
Kingsley Kanu in a bid to preempt any exposition I may make after today’s visit proceeded to make the ridiculous publication at exactly 1:57 pm Nigerian time, a few minutes before the scheduled visit of 2:00 pm. He need not have worried because out of respect and deference to Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, I do not intend to make any such exposition.
“As you may be aware, right from July 26, 2021, when an order was made by Hon. Justice Binta Nyako, directing the DSS to allow Onyendu access to his lawyers and relatives, upon prior submission of the names of those visiting Onyendu, my chambers has been exclusively submitting names of those visiting Onyendu and this process still subsists. The names are usually shared with Onyendu before clearance is given by the DSS for the visits to take place.
“I wish to unequivocally state that Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu never dismissed, disengaged, nor has he expressed any intention of dismissing his legal team ably led by Prof. Mike Ozekhome. Biafrans and indeed the members of the general public are respectively advised to ignore in its entirety, the obviously defamatory, mischievous, fake, reprehensible, denigrating, insulting, and unauthorized public notice issued by Kingsley Kanu alias Kanunta Kanu, as it is not true.
“May the general public and indeed Biafrans, be properly guided that the simple reason for dishing out such condemnable falsehood is to ridicule and embarrass Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s legal team ably led by an erudite, foremost and distinguished Senior Advocate of our time – Prof. Mike Ozekhome, SAN.
“Kingsley Kanu should be assured that his evil strategies are dead on arrival. There is nothing whatsoever that will stop or deter Onyendu’s legal team who are tirelessly working day and night to ensure that Onyendu is released unconditionally.
Ejiofor also clarified that the medical doctors who attempted to see Kanu last week Tuesday, June 6, 2023, were not there to participate in any surgical procedure but to first meet and interface with him.
He said the doctors were expected to consult with Kanu’s lead counsel- Mike Ozekhome, before proceeding with other administrative engagements as they agreed during their meeting on June 3, 2023, held with the DSS in the presence of the IPOB leader.