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Nnamdi Kanu sues FG, DSS over ‘refusal to obey court order’ on visitation

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The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has commenced contempt proceedings against the Federal Government for failing to obey a court order.

Kanu through his lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, filed Form 49 titled: “Notice to Show Cause Why An Order Of Committal Should Not Be Made,” before the Abuja federal high court on Monday.

The Federal Government and Yusuf Bichi, director-general of the Department of States Services (DSS), are the respondents in the suit.

Kanu is standing trial on a seven-count charge bordering on treasonable felony as preferred against him by the Federal Government.

On 20 May, presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako dismissed another bail application filed by Kanu.

Nyako also refused Kanu’s plea to be transferred from the custody of the DSS to prison.

The defendant’s request to be placed under house arrest was also rejected.

However, the court ordered the DSS to always grant Kanu access to his lawyers — not exceeding five persons on every visiting day.

The court ordered that Kanu must be given “a clean place” to consult with his lawyers at the DSS detention facility, adding that he must be granted access to a doctor of his choice.

But Ejimakor has accused the DSS of refusing to obey the court order.

The court process read: “On every visitation made to the applicant at the State Security Services detention facility (headquarters, Abuja) after the issuance and service of the said order and Form 48 thereof, you have not allowed applicant’s counsel to go in with writing materials to take notes of their discussions (between the applicant and his lawyers) relating to the preparation of the applicant for his defence.

“You have not complied with the 3 (three) days per week visitation to the applicant as was ordered by the court.

“You have not provided a safe and ‘clean’ room to the applicant at the present facility to prepare for his defence with his team of counsel.

“You have not allowed such facility that is required for the preparation of the applicant’s defence, which facility you have disallowed on every visitation since the said order was entered”.

Ejimakor further stated that the DSS has also refused to allow “interdiction, seizure, perusal and photocopying of legal documents relating to the trial preparation of the applicant”.

“Refusing certain visitors to the applicant, including those that are applicant’s potential witnesses and/or who possess information critical to the adequate preparation of the applicant’s defence to the criminal charges pending against him, particularly as it pertains to cross-examination of prosecution witnesses and authentication/impeachment of prosecution’s documentary evidence”.

The court is yet to fix a date for hearing.

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