Court orders DSS to give Nnamdi Kanu maximum comfort in detention, be allowed to practise his Jewish Faith

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–Pix (above): Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (r) with Bar. Aloy Ejimakor, his Special Counsel

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The Federal High Court trying Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Thursday, ordered the Directorate of State Services (DSS) to give the activist maximum comfort in its detention facility in Abuja. This followed bitter complaints of Kanu’s legal team, notably his Special Counsel, Bar. Aloy Ejimakor and Lead Counsel, Bar. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, that his detention condition, since captivity, has been inhuman.

Justice Binta Nyako, who made the order during Kanu’s emergency proceedings today, also ordered that he be allowed free practice of his Jewish Faith, including access to his Jewish religious materials. In addition, Justice Nyako also ruled that Kanu be allowed change of clothing, as he has been putting on the same wear since he was detained.

She also ruled that the DSS must obey all previous orders granted in the matter, including allowing Kanu any visitor of his choice.

“He (Kanu) must also be permitted, at his option, to mingle freely with other inmates or any other persons at the detention facility,” she further ruled.

Today’s proceedings came with a whole lot of perculiarties, as was observed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Special Counsel, Bar. Aloy Ejimakor, who issued a press statement shortly after the session entitled “Summary of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Court proceedings of today, 2nd December.”   

Ejimakor said: ““First, there was total absence of security operatives in court and around the outer perimeters as was the case during previous proceedings.

“Second, Mazi Kanu was not in court and there was no officer from the DSS to explain why. But from what I surmised, both the court and the DSS might’ve concluded that his presence in court was not strictly required in the sort of application that was moved in court today.

“Third, the court did not grant Kanu’s Legal Team the leave to move our application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to continue the trial. Recall that we had filed such application, arguing that the extraordinary rendition of Kanu constitutes a constitutional barrier to his trial. The court ruled that the application was not calendared for hearing today; that it will be heard at the next adjourned date,” he stressed.

He further emphasized: “After going through what it said is a tight judicial calendar, the court moved the date of the next hearing backwards from 19th to 18th January, 2022, and finally ruled that it will entertain all outstanding applications at the next hearing; and proceeded to make the following Orders:

  •  That Mazi Kanu be given maximum comfort possible in the detention facility.
  • That he be allowed a change of clothing.
  • That he be allowed free practice of his Jewish faith, including access to his Jewish religious materials.
  • That the DSS obey all previous orders granted in the matter, including allowing Kanu any visitor of his choice.
  • That Kanu be permitted, at his option, to mingle freely with other inmates or any other persons at the detention facility./SHARE THIS

–Tags: Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Aloy Ejimakor, Special Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu/IPOB

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