Aloy Ejimakor, a legal counsel to detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has denied being barred from seeing his client.
Ejimakor said this in a statement issued in reaction to a press release from purported leader of IPOB, Chika Edoziem.
According to the legal counsel, only Kanu can state who can and cannot visit him in the custody of the Department of State Services where he’s being held.
The statement read, “My attention has been drawn to a defamatory Press Release presently in active publication and circulation, signed and distributed by one Chika Edoziem, purporting to be Leader of IPOB Department of State, stating that he has banned me from visiting my Client, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at the DSS where he is being detained extrajudicially and unconstitutionally.
“Additionally, in the same Press Release, the said Chika Edoziem stated that he has banned me from taking independent Doctors to the DSS to visit Mazi Nnamdi Nnamdi Kanu for the purpose of making an independent assessment of his present health care needs. In the same token, the said Chika Edoziem uttered warnings, grave threats, innuendoes and false allegations against my person and the Kanu family.
“First, let me make it crystal clear that, according to the Court order on visitations with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, it’s Mazi Nnamdi Kanu alone that possesses the sole power and discretion to choose whoever he desires visitation from.
“No other person can choose or impose visitors on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, not even the DSS, the Nigerian government, the Courts, the IPOB and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyers or relatives. Therefore, this Chika Edoziem and his ilk have no place in this matter of who is approved to visit Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, be it his lawyers, his doctors or his relatives.
“Second, it’s also Mazi Nnamdi Kanu alone that has the power to invite a medical Doctor of his personal choice to have a visitation with him. He had done it in the past – in August 2022 to me knowledge, and even as the visitation was mysteriously blocked at the last minute, my efforts and follow-up with the Doctor generated the very first and only independent medical opinion that is being used today by all his Lawyers and others in advancing his cases and pressing for the urgent medical attention he required since the rendition.
“For avoidance of doubt, it was Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who directly assigned this task to me as part of my complex Brief as his Special Counsel and as part of the all-round efforts to garner the urgent independent medical care that he requires.
“There’s nothing in this critical task that made it necessary that this matter of health which has been urgent and herculean must be exclusive to just one person and that my humble self and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s family should be excluded from matters concerning his health.
“Third, the same publications suggested that this Chika Edoziem unwittingly admitted that he and his ilk were part of the grand conspiracy that had blocked the two Doctors chosen by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to visit him on 6th June 2023, just because I was the Lawyer that had – as part of my Brief and Instructions – prepared the Letter of Introduction the DSS had demanded for the visitation at the last and critical minute.
“This is shocking and ominous to say the least but leaving that aside for the moment, let me sound this note of warning: When you block independent Medical Doctors from visiting Mazi Nnamdi Kanu even when you knew that it was him that personally choose those Doctors and invited them, you must know that you are deliberately endangering his life. Think about it.
“More so, it is pertinent to drum it home that it is inherently evil for anyone to use the life-and-death matter of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s health to settle phantom scores with his family or any of his Lawyers.
“So, going forward, any person who is still walking this dangerous path should be well-advised to cease, desist and pedal back. If you persist, the gutsy Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the whole world knows will soon stop you, because it is so wrong and he doesn’t play with his health like you are doing at the moment.
“Finally, the highly publicized inflammatory and dangerous statements by this Chika Edoziem and his ilk that my humble self, the Kanu family and the two Doctors that were blocked on 6th June constitute danger to the life, health and safety of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been noted.”