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DSS Treatment Of Nnamdi Kanu Harsh, Degrading, Inhuman, Lawyer Fumes

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The Department of State Services punishes detainees who interact with the embattled leader of the proscribed separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, his lawyers have alleged.

His lead lawyers, Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Aloy Ejimakor, who made this known in a statement jointly signed on Thursday, frowned upon the “maltreatment” of their client in the custody of the secret police.

In the statement titled, ‘Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s detention condition at the DSS amounts to torture,’ the IPOB leader’s counsel said Kanu instructed them to make the following information public:

“That despite a court order to the contrary, the condition of his detention at the DSS headquarters in Abuja continues to be harsh, degrading and inhumane.

“That he is solitarily confined to a very tiny cell twenty-three (23) hours of the day without access to sunlight and any social interactions whatsoever. He believes that this is aimed at inflicting extreme emotional and mental distress on him and breaking him psychologically.

“That any detainee who encounters and greets him during the single hour he is allowed outside his cell is promptly put in solitary confinement or transferred to maximum security as a punishment for exchanging mere greetings with him. Because of this, detainees have resorted to avoiding him and exchanging salutations with him, not to talk of any other form of social interactions.

“That since the Nigerian government extraordinarily renditioned him, he has not been allowed a change of clothing; and his Jewish prayer shawls and other religious materials brought to him by his counsel were rejected and returned.

“That the DSS has refused to replace his corrective glasses (lenses) which were smashed to smithereens by agents of the Nigerian government in the process of the violence they unleashed on him while abducting him in Kenya. This has led to a rapid deterioration of his sight.

“That he is restricted to meeting with his counsel in an atmosphere devoid of private discussions with his counsel; and he is oftentimes denied perusal of legal documentation his Counsel brings to him to review.

“That he is not allowed to sleep with a pillow and this has led to him developing acid reflux which comes with acute burning sensations in his chest, chest pains and extreme difficulty in swallowing.

“That on the 17th July, 2021, one of his lawyers (the undersigned Barrister Aloy Ejimakor) was detained and interrogated for hours by the DSS when he came to the DSS on visitation to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Mazi Kanu, who witnessed the detention before being led away, was very distressed and alarmed by this incident and he considers it a brazen act of intimidation of his counsel.

“That he has, to date, been denied access to the British Consul despite her repeated requests to see him; and on the day of his last court appearance (10th November, 2021), the British Consul who was in court to observe the proceedings was intimidated by DSS officers, who restricted her from coming close to Mazi Kanu.

“That, to date, the DSS has denied his repeated requests for an independent medical examination to determine the extent of damage done to his body by a suspected substance he may have been injected with during this abduction and extraordinary rendition. He has reason to believe that the said injected substance is depleting the potassium content of his body, thus causing him constipation, a feeling of skipped heart beats, palpitations, fatigue, muscle weakness/spasms and numbness.

Justice Nyako should recuse herself from Kanu’s case, says IPOB leader’s counsel
“That in the circumstance of the forgoing, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu continues to have a persistent and heightened feeling of portent threat to his overall well-being and safety within the DSS facility where he is currently detained.”

Kanu, 54, was born on September 25, 1967, at Afaraukwu, Abia State.

The secessionist leader is a holder of Nigerian and British passports. He had earlier jumped bail in June 2018 before leaving for the United Kingdom though he said that he fled because his life was no longer safe in Nigeria.

After about three years abroad, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), at a press briefing in Abuja on June 29, 2021, announced that the IPOB leader was re-arrested in a foreign country and extradited to Nigeria.

His lawyers had said the IPOB leader was re-arrested in Kenya and whisked away to Nigeria.

Upon his re-arrest and extradition in June 2021, he was re-arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako for terrorism-related charges and has since been remanded in the DSS custody in Abuja.

Justice Nyako had adjourned the trial of Kanu to October 21, 2021, for continuation of hearing but the trial was adjourned till November 10, 2021. The case was again adjourned till January 19 and 20, 2022, for trial.

Kanu’s followers in Nigeria had declared several sit-at-home orders in the South-East to protest his arrest and demand his release from the custody of the secret police.

The sit-at-home orders have been said to cripple economic activities in Imo, Abia, Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi states, especially on Mondays.

The proscribed group had also declared a sit-at-home which threatened the Anambra election but later called off the order.

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Arteta Can Make Top Four This Season, Says Vieira

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Crystal Palace manager, Patrick Vieira, has claimed Arsenal now have a squad that will be closer to competing for the Premier League title.

Vieira stated this on Thursday during his pre-match press conference.

The Frenchman will put emotion to one side when he faces his former club on Friday night.

But Vieira has been impressed by their summer business ahead of the new season.

“I think it is about focusing on the game and how we can perform.

“Arsenal are in a better place than last year.

“They have brought in new players and they have the squad to be closer to the title,” Vieira said.

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Omotayo Sanyaolu, Aide To Sanwo-Olu, Dies In Car Crash

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…Lagos Gov Mourns

Omotayo Sanyaolu, the Senior Special Assistant on Tertiary Education, Youths and Students Affairs to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State is dead.

As gathered, Sanyaolu died in a lone auto crash in the Maryland area of the state during the early hours of Friday around Army Cantonment, Maryland, Ikeja.

Confirming the incident in a statement, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, Dr, Femi Oke-Osanyantolu, said the deceased’s vehicle rammed into an ATM located around the cantonment.

”Upon arrival at the scene it was discovered that a black Toyota Camry with registration number LAGH 32, while on top speed rammed into the Keystone Bank ATM located close to the Army Cantonment, Ikeja.

 

“Unfortunately, an adult male, Sanyanolu, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle died on impact and his remains were immediately bagged upon arrival of emergency responders.

“These have been handed over to the cantonment officer on duty (Officer Musa)

Meanwhile,  Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has mourned the passing of his Senior Special Assistant on Tertiary Education, Youth and Student Affairs, Omotayo Sanyaolu, who died on Friday.

Governor Sanwo-Olu in a condolence message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, on Friday, expressed his sympathies to the family of Mr Sanyaolu, whom he described as a “loyal, committed, hardworking and dedicated co-worker in the Greater Lagos agenda.”

The governor said the death of Mr Sanyaolu is a personal loss to him and the Lagos State Government, as well as the deceased family, friends, Lagos APC, and tertiary institutions within the state.

“The death of a loved one is usually painful as it is irreparable but we must thank God that Omotayo Sanyaolu made a positive impact during his short but eventful lifetime. He served our party, APC passionately and meritoriously as a Youth Leader and contributed to its victory in many elections.

“Tayo as my Special Assistant on Tertiary Education, Youth and Student Affairs was very instrumental to the Greater Lagos agenda. He contributed positively to issues affecting the youths and students in the state.

“I sympathise with his widow, children, siblings, friends and the entire family as well as Lagos State and the APC family. I pray that God will grant the late Omotayo Sanyaolu eternal rest and grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. We will miss Tayo.”

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Breaking: Headies Disqualify Controversial Singer, Portable From Awards

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Maverick singer Habib Okikiola (Portbale) has been disqualified from taking part in this year’s Headies Award. 

Organisers said Portable, who has been at the centre of many controversies was removed from its list nominees to send a strong warning they dont tolerate criminalities.

“The music industry demands all-round excellence, and it is extremely important for young artists being potential role models to exude professional responsibility, proper decorum and have respect for others.”

According to the organisers, Portable was disqualified due to a series of misdemeanours via his social media platforms.

Portable had threatened to kill anyone who wins in the categories for which he was nominated.

Meanwhile, ppular Singer, Habeeb Okikiola, AKA Portable, has reacted to his disqualification from the Headies Awards..

Reacting to the disqualification, Portable in an Instagram video said he does not regret his action.

“I am a child of light. I have fame, I have money, I have cars, I have wives, I have children. I am rich. People know me everywhere. I don’t regret my actions,” he said while caressing his wife.

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