According to Lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Aloy Ejimakor, he says the secessionist has turned a new leaf and now preaching unity in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The IPOB leader was intercepted in an African country in June, arrested and extradited to Nigeria to face trial for alleged treason.
EkocityMagazine had reported how Kanu was lured to an African country with the promise of a donation, and then arrested.
Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony over his campaign for secession, and proposed establishment of the Republic of Biafra.
Kanu had jumped bail in 2017 after a military action, code-named “Operation Python Dance”, targeted his family house in Abia state.
In a tweet on Sunday, Ejimakor said he met with Kanu for four hours, adding that the IPOB leader is cheerful in the DSS custody.
The lawyer said during the meeting, Kanu spoke on the importance of unity and tolerance.
“UPDATE: Today, I met with Onyendu at the DSS. We spent nearly four hours. My interaction with him was fulfilling,” the tweet reads.
“He’s cheery and looks forward to overcoming this predicament sooner than later. Again, he stressed UNITY and tolerance on all sides. He has you all in his thoughts.”
UPDATE: 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 thoughts.
— aloy ejimakor (@AloyEjimakor) July 17, 2021
Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), had said the IPOB leader was “intercepted through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services”.
The presiding judge over the IPOB leader’s case, Binta Nyako had ordered his remand in DSS’ custody, pending the continuation of his trial.
However, in an application filed through his team of lawyers, Kanu alleged that he has been “subjected to mental and psychological torture” by the DSS.
Kanu, therefore, asked the federal high court in Abuja to transfer him from DSS custody to Kuje prison