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DSS Defends Itself, Tells CNN Bitter Truth About Nnamdi Kanu’s Arrest

The agitation for secession in Nigeria is not a new story to the ears of Nigerians and those around the world.

Secessionist movements like the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, and the Oduduwa Republic agitators have been at the forefront of seeking that Nigeria divides.

In the heat of the agitations, prominent figures to the quest for sovereign states of Biafra and Oduduwa ( Mazi Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB and Chief Sunday Igboho of Oduduwa republic) were arrested.

Despite their arrest, the group have continued its agitation.

Meanwhile, their heroes are being arraigned before courts of law.

DSS WRITES CNN, EXPLAINS ROLE IN CLAMPING DOWN, SECESSIONISTS

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According to CNN, Nigeria’ s Department of State Services (DSS) has stated that it is its responsibility to suppress any activity that threatens to divide the country.

In light of the separatist agitations led by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and Sunday Igboho of the Yoruba nation, the secret police told CNN in a statement partially published by the medium on Saturday that ” Nigeria is indissoluble and indivisible” and that ” detection and prevention of crimes against the internal security of Nigeria” remains a priority.

Since his interception overseas on June 27 and subsequent extradition to Niger, Kanu has been in the custody of the DSS.

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His imprisonment was ordered by a Federal High Court in Abuja, even though his counsel was not present for the hearing.

His lawyers and family members were also allowed to see him from time to time, as instructed by the court.

The federal government is prosecuting him in court on allegations that verge on treason.

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu’ s main lawyer, paid a visit to his client at the DSS facility on Thursday and expressed hope that the court will release him because he had committed no crime.

Ejiofor also accused federal government agents of infringing on his client’ s rights when the government invaded his homeland a few years ago.

FG, ARMY ABSENT AS ABIA COURT HEARS NNAMDI KANU’ S N5 BILLION SUIT

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Nnamdi Kanu’ s basic rights case has been delayed till October 7th, 2021, by the Abia State High Court in Umuahia.

The absence of the federal government, which is among the respondents, prompted this.

Kanu’ s special counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, filed the complaint on August 27, 2021.

The case was heard by Justice KCJ Okereke, a vacation judge.

Ejimakor expressed faith in the Abia High Court’ s ability to maintain the law and enforce Kanu’ s human rights.

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He explained this;

” There is an unbroken chain of federal government’ s violations of Kanu’ s constitutional rights that started with the lethal military invasion of his home in Umuahia and his flight to safety in 2017 and his extraordinary rendition to Nigeria in late June 2021. ”

He alluded to the Oyo State High Court’ s basic rights verdict in favour of Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) against the federal government on September 17, 2021.

In his remarks, ” The Oyo State High Court judgment in Igboho’ s case (which is similar to Kanu) restates the locus classicus on the wide jurisdiction of state high courts when it comes to enforcement of the fundamental rights stipulated under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter. ”

According to JoseyWrites, only the DSS submitted a response to the suit out of the eight respondents, but their processes were filed late.

The Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney- General of the Federation, and the Nigerian Army were the only six respondents who did not respond.

Kanu was represented by Ejimakor and other lawyers, including Mr Patrick Agazie and Mr Wilson Kalu.

Mazi Igboayaka Igboayaka, the president of Ohaneze Youths Council, was also present in court. He told reporters that he came to show Ohaneze youngsters’ sympathy with Nnamdi Kanu.

Mazi Kanu would be entitled to various reliefs if any party failed to reply to the suit promptly, according to the judge.

Meanwhile, the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has asked the court for permission to file an amicus (friend of the court) brief in Kanu’ s defence.

NNAMDI KANU SUES KENYAN GOVT OVER EXTRADITION TO NIGERIA

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In a related story, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has filed a lawsuit against Kenya’ s government for its role in his extradition to Nigeria.

Barr Aloy Ejimakor, Kanu’ s special attorney, verified this to THE WHISTLER on Thursday, September 16th.

Kanu’ s younger brother, Kingsley Kanunta, is said to have launched the claim through Luchiri and Company Advocates, a Nairobi- based law company.

Kanu says that his detention in Kenya and subsequent extradition to Nigeria in June violated his fundamental human rights.

Kenya’ s director of immigration, director of criminal investigations, OCPD Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and the attorney general are named as respondents in the claim.

According to the petition, ” The subject [Kanu] is believed to have been apprehended at the airport on June 19, 2021, and unlawfully detained for several days after which he was illegally and stealthily extradited to Nigeria without his British passport in utter- non- compliance with laid- down processes of laws in Kenya.

” The subject (Kanu) is a British citizen resident in the United Kingdom.

” He formerly held Nigerian citizenship but renounced it in 2015. Consequently, his Nigerian passport was taken away from him by Nigerian authorities. ”

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The petitioner is requesting that the court declare Kanu’ s extradition a violation of his constitutional rights to equal protection under the law, human dignity, freedom and security, freedom of movement, fair administrative action, access to justice, the right to be represented in court, and a fair hearing.

The lawsuit also asks the court to rule that detaining the subject without cause and without telling him of the grounds for his custody, as well as holding him incommunicado in appalling and inhumane conditions, violates his constitutional rights.

It also asks the court to issue an order requiring the respondents to give him the names and ranks of all state officers, public officers, police officers, organisations and departments, institutions, and government organs engaged in his extradition.

KANU’ s LAWYER SLAM N50 MILLION ON DSS

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Meanwhile, one of the lawyers representing Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has launched a basic right enforcement suit against the Director- General of the Department of State Services (DSS).

In his lawsuit, FHC/ABJ/CS/1018/2021, Opara claimed that when he visited Kanu in a DSS facility on Aug. 30, he was subjected to several demeaning practices.

The council, which also named the DSS as a defendant in the case, is requesting that the court give him N50 million in damages for the violation of his fundamental right to dignity.

Opara further asks the court for a lifelong injunction against the two defendants and their representatives from disturbing or interfering with his right to dignity in the future.

He also wants them barred from interfering with his liberty and freedom of movement by harassing, intimidating, or humiliating him during his routine visits to see his client at their detention facility.

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The lawyer is also seeking that the respondents provide a written apology for the unjustified infringement of his fundamental rights, which will be published in two national publications.

He also asked for an order requiring the respondents to pay him the N50 million jointly and severally.

Opara claimed that the DSS action against him was a flagrant infringement of his right to dignity, as provided by Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution.

It also contravened Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and People Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap A9 Vol. 1 LFN, according to him.

He claims he was forced to remove his medicated spectacles, wedding band, belt, jacket, and shoes when he went to meet Kanu in the DSS facility.

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According to Opara, he was shabbily dressed, harassed, frightened, and humiliated as a result of obeying the DSS operatives’ orders.

According to him, this is a flagrant violation of Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and People’ s Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap A9 Vol. 1 LFN, which guarantee the right to dignity.

However, no date has been set for the lawsuit’ s hearing.

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