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Again DSS Denied Nnamdi Kanu’s Legal Counsel Access To Him In Violation To Court Order |The Republican News

The Department of State Security Services (DSS) for the umpteenth time, denied us access to our Client today, insisting that our request would be looked into and accordingly approved by their DG before we could be granted access to him.

On the 26th Day of July 2021, His Lordship, Hon. Justice Nyako of Court No. 2 Federal High Court Abuja, after listening to our application, wherein I raised serious concerns about the safety and medical condition of Our Client, whom ordinarily was supposed to be produced in court on that day, ordered that the Detention Authority (DSS) should allow us access to him.

Upon our arrival in their office today being the 29th Day of July 2021, conspicuously armed with the Court Order under reference, the officials of the DSS, though admitted being aware of the Said Order but directed Us to come up with a formal application stating the names of persons who are visiting, which request was promptly complied with.

While we awaited to be admitted for the visit, the officials of the DSS unfortunately came back to inform us that we should go and await further communication from them pending the approval of Our request.
Attached for your ease of reference is a copy of the Court Order under reference. Details of the visit as worked out in His Lordship’s Chambers by Counsel on both sides and Representative of State Security Services, collectively agreed upon by everyone, is not stated in the attached order, which details is known to all parties on the modality of the visit.

I am not suprised by the conduct of the DSS who has the history of disobedience to Court Orders, but I am worried because, we do not know the present state of health of Our Client. I cannot categorically confirm to the World the present state of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, as at today.

Evidence of court order

It is to be pointed out that Our Client is presently detained in DSS facility pursuant to an Order of Court, and another Order made by the same Court directing Our access to our Client on specified days, is unfortunately being flouted by the officials of the State Security Services, as they have no reason or justification of any kind to refuse us access.

We will formally communicate the Court first thing tomorrow morning on this unfortunate and strange development, and shall keep the World updated.

Should anything untoward happen to Our Client, the Nigerian Government and the Department of State Security Services should be held responsible.

Let the World and all responsible Foreign Government take Notice of this dangerous trend.

Thank you all.

@EjioforBar

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BREAKING NEWS: Justice Nyako Adjourns Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial Over FG Failure To Produce Him In Court |RN

IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu

By Unini Chioma


The trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, resumed at the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday without Kanu’s presence in court.

When the matter was called up, the prosecution counsel, M. B. Abubakar, informed the court that the matter was slated for hearing and that they were ready to continue.

Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, informed the court that there was a pending application before the court to transfer Kanu from the custody of the DSS to the correctional centre.

Justice Binta Nyako stated that the trial cannot continue in the absence of Kanu since he is not available to stand his trial.

Justice Nyako also called the DSS to produce the IPOB leader in court for trial.

The court adjourned to October 21, 2021, for continuation of hearing.

In June, Nnamdi Kanu was arrested and extradited to Nigeria to face trial. He was remanded in DSS custody after he was re-arraigned before the judge.

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony brought against him by the federal government over his campaign for a ”Republic of Biafra”.

He was released in April 2017 for health reasons but skipped bail after flouting some of the conditions given to him by the court.

He later fled Nigeria after soldiers raided his father’s residence in Abia state in November 2017.

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Igboho Arrested Alongside Wife, Cannot Be Extradited To Nigeria —Lawyer |The Republican News

Chief Yomi Aliu, the lawyer to Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho has revealed why his client who was arrested on Monday evening in Benin Republic cannot be extradited to Nigeria.

The lawyer also revealed that the Yoruba nation agitator was arrested alongside his wife,  Ropo Adeyemo by the security operatives in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Igboho has been on the wanted list of Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services, DSS, since July 1 when his house was raided in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The DSS had accused him of stockpiling arms and attacks of security operatives among other crimes.

There are reports that Igboho may be extradited to Nigeria and handed over to the DSS that had declared him wanted.

But Aliu said the agitator cannot be arrested because he is a political offender.

According to him, there is a treaty between Nigeria, Togo and Republic of Benin that any political offender unlikely to get justice at home should not be extradited to home country.

Aliu said lawyers in Benin Republic would be engaged to defend Igboho’s rights against extradition.

Aliu, in a statement, said: “It is a shocking news that Nigerian Government has gotten Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Sunday Igboho Oosa arrested by INTERPOL in Republic of Benin notwithstanding the political nature of his offense and what the DSS earlier said that they refrained from arresting him so as not to overheat the polity of Southwestern Nigeria.

“The Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana and Republic of Benin excluded political fugitives. It also states that where the fugitive will not get justice because of discrimination and/or undue delay in prosecution the host country should not release the fugitive.

“Now, Article 20 of African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights to which the four countries are signatories made agitation for self-determination a fundamental right to be protected by all countries. This made Chief Sunday Adeyemo a POLITICAL OFFENDER who cannot be deported and/or extradited by the good people of the Republic of Benin for any reason.

“Secondly, that he cannot get Justice or even be killed is apparent in how those arrested in his house were detained for more than 21days now without access to their lawyers. Even the wife among them could not change her undies for 21days! Which inhuman treatment can be more this?

“Again another wife of our client Mrs. Ropo Adeyemo, a German citizen, has been arrested together with her husband in Cotonou. What offence has she committed to warrant this?

“We urge the good government of the Republic of Benin and international community, especially Germany, to rise up and curb the impunity of the Nigerian Government by refusing any application for extradition of our Client who already has application before ICC duly acknowledged.”

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BREAKING NEWS:Oduduwa Nation Agitator, Sunday Igboho Arrested In Cotonou |The Republican News

Igboho was arrested Monday night after fleeing Nigeria to evade arrest by Nigeria’s secret police.

Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic by security operatives in the West African country.Igboho was arrested Monday night after fleeing Nigeria to evade arrest by Nigeria’s secret police.

A source privy to his departure from Nigeria said he had perfected plans to secretly escape from Nigeria through Cotonou and was heading to Germany.

He was, however, nabbed by security operatives in the neighboring country.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, a source privy to the incident, said, “Sunday Igboho has been arrested in Cotonou. He was arrested about an hour ago.

“He was supposed to travel to Germany through Cotonou this night. He wanted to leave Africa through Cotonou. He was arrested by security operatives in Cotonou.

He was arrested at an airport in Cotonou on Monday night, a top source familiar with the matter told our correspondent.

Igboho was arrested by the security forces in Benin Republic about three weeks after the Department of State Services declared him wanted for allegedly stockpiling arms, an allegation he has since denied.

“They are planning to bring him back to Nigeria.”

Culled from SaharaReporters, Punch

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BREAKING: DSS Hinders Nnamdi Kanu From Signing Letter For UK Consular Assistance |The Republican News

By The Republican News

Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, one of the counsels for the detained leader on the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has revealed that the Department of State Services, DSS has stopped Nnamdi Kanu, from signing a consular assistance form by the United Kingdom.

Barrister Ejimakor made this known in a statement on Monday, 19th July, 2021, after visiting Kanu in DSS custody.

The IPOB leader holds both Nigerian and British citizenship.

Kanu, who was rearrested recently from overseas, is facing terrorism-related charges. He had jumped bail before fleeing to the United Kingdom. The IPOB leader was, however, rearrested in controversial circumstances lately and brought back to Nigeria. He has since been detained in the custody of the Department of State Services.


Kanu’s lead counsel Barrister Ejiofor released this Press statement below in respective to that case

Summary of my visitation with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on Monday 19th July, 2021 at the DSS

By Barrister Aloy Ejimakor

Last Saturday, when I visited Mazi Kanu, I expressed strong concerns about the inordinate delay in having Kanu sign the two Forms I had taken to the DSS for Kanu’s signature some days before.

Both Forms relate to affirming his consent to consular and diplomatic interventions by the United Kingdom and the her High Commission in Nigeria.

Surprisingly, the Forms were returned to me unsigned.

Let me make it clear that the day I took the Forms to the DSS, the officers on location were amenable to Kanu signing them until somewhere along the line, they tarried and decided to send it to the legal unit for vetting.

So, my sense is that it’s the legal unit of the DSS that disapproved of Kanu signing the Forms for reasons that were not given to me.

As a Lawyer, I don’t see any legal advantage the government of Nigeria stands to gain by blocking Kanu from signing those Forms. The Forms are but a mere routine in matters like this.

Instead of any advantage, the refusal will help fuel the notion that the government of Nigeria is deliberately isolating Kanu from having consular and diplomatic access to the United Kingdom.

It does not comport with the best traditions of fundamental fairness that a detainee is being denied access to resources that will assist him in his defense. This is one of things that will count in our reckoning as this matter continues to fold.

For these reasons, I am now compelled to call on the British High Commission in Nigeria to banish every red tape and exert the full weight of its diplomatic clout in gaining immediate access to Kanu. This is especially important, given the prospects of better welfare, including adequate medical care for Mazi Kanu.

Further, the prompt intervention of the High Commission will mean that Kanu will have another layer of human contact in addition to his legal team who are the only ones currently allowed to see him.

They also rejected and returned some Jewish prayer books and clothings we had taken to him last week, explaining that he had to be the one to make the request through a certain department at the DSS that officially caters to his needs.

Aloy Ejimakor, Special Counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Abuja, July 19, 2021.

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Onye-Army And Killing Of 2000 Officers: He is Not Known To The Group —IPOB Reacts |The Republican News

Emeoyiri Uzoma Benjamin, alias Onye Army

The Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has said that one Onyearmy who is now in the custody of the Directorate of State Security Services (DSS) and claimed he is a member of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) is not known to the group.

The group also said that Onye Army claims that he joined ESN in 2019 is false, as the security outfit was formed on December 12, 2020.

In a statement issued by the IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful said that the group also denied that the security outfit killed for charms.

According to the statement, IPOB said it suspected that the man was forced to make those “fallacious claims by the DSS.

The statement read, “We want to make it clear that the purported ESN Commander is not known to us and we discovered that he is a mole planted by Government and security agencies into ESN.

“We know our commanders and they know us. The so-called man must be one of the criminals recruited by the Department of State Services to infiltrate ESN but our gallant men were at alert and smarter than the DSS.

“It is obvious that the so-called ESN Commander and his likes were the saboteurs planted by DSS to assassinate our gallant Ikonso. After killing Ikonso, they are now trying to concoct a tale to implicate our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“We are not surprised that Nigeria took back their mole after the death of Ikonso the unit commander whom the so-called Onyearmy spied over before his death”.

IPOB said it is not, however, surprised that now that the Nigeria security has abducted their leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and put him into custody they will sponsor all manner of criminals to see if they can implicate him and puncture his global reputation.

“The question every sane person will be asking is: why now that our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is in custody that the so-called ESN Commander is making this ridiculous confessional statement? (Journalist101)

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Nigerian Security Operatives Admit Attack On Sunday Igboho’s House |The Republican News

Sunday Igboho and exhibits the security operatives claimed to have recovered from his house

The Nigerian security operatives have admitted responsibility of the attack on Sunday Igboho’s house and took responsibility for the dead and damages done to his house and properties.

They claimed to have recovered cache of arms, ammunition and charms and others.

The press briefing obtained by The Republican News details the entire operation and the exhibits that they claimed to have obtained in his house.

Below is the press briefing by DSS concerning the attack on Sunday Igboho’s house and the damages done to his in the process of their operation.

PRESS BRIEFING AT THE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SERVICES (DSS) ABUJA ON A JOINT SECURITY OPERATION ON
1ST JULY, 2021 AT IBADAN, OYO STATE

In the early hours (about 0134 hours) of today, 1st July, 2021, a joint team of security operatives raided the residence of Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo a.k.a. SUNDAY IGBOHO at Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State. This was based on intelligence that he had stockpiled arms in the place. On approach to the residence, the team came under heavy gun attack by nine (9) men, suspected to be IGBOHO’s guards. Six (6) of them were armed with AK-47 gun and Three (3) others, with Pump-Action riffles.

  1. In the course of the exchange, two (2) of IGBOHO’s armed men were gunned down while the rest were subdued and arrested. Only one operative who was shot by the assailants on his right hand sustained injury. He has however received medical attention and is very stable.
  2. Afterwards, the team procedurally searched the house and subsequently recovered the following among others:
    i. Seven (7) AK-47 assault rifles;
    ii. Three (3) Pump Action guns;
    iii. Thirty (30) fully charged AK-47 magazines;
    iv. Five Thousand (5,000) rounds of 7.62mm ammunition;
    v. Five (5) Cutlasses, One (1) Jack knife, One (1) Pen Knife
    vi. Two (2) Pistol holsters;
    vii. One (1) binoculars
    viii. A wallet containing Five (5) US Dollars in one (1) Dollar denomination; local and international driver’s licences in his name, ATM Cards, a German residence permit No. YO2N6K1NY bearing his name;
    ix. Two (2) whistles;
    x. Fifty (5) Cartridges;
    xi. Eighteen (18) Walkie-Talkies;
    xii. Three Voodoo charm jackets/traditional body armour;
    xiii. Two (2) Laptops (One (1) Toshiba and One (1) Compaq); and
    xiv. His International Passport and those of many others (as displayed here). Further exploitation and forensic analysis are ongoing.
  3. Aside the items recovered from the building, about thirteen (13) suspects including twelve (12) males and one (1) female were arrested and brought to Abuja. While one suspect is being profiled, the other twelve (12) paraded here are:
    i. Abdulateef OFEYAGBE
    ii. Amoda BABATUNDE aka Lady K (female)
    iii. Tajudeen ERINOYEN
    iv. Diakola ADEMOLA
    v. Abideen SHITTU
    vi. Jamiu NOAH
    vii. Ayobami DONALD
    viii. Adelabe USMAN
    ix. Oluwafelumi KUNLE
    x. Raji KAZEEM
    xi. Taiwo OPEYEMI and
    xii. Bamidele SUNDAY.
  4. Highlights of this brief are to:
    i. Inform Nigerians and the world that Sunday IGBOHO and his group, in the guise of campaign for self-determination, have become well-armed and determined to undermine public order. This, the arrests and seizures are, no doubt, a confirmation of a grand plan by IGBOHO and his cohorts to wage a violent insurrection against the Nigerian State.
    ii. Alert foreign missions and licencing authorities within and outside Nigeria about this development and the possibility that IGBOHO could declare some of his personal permit and identity cards missing in order to seek their replacement.
    iii. Apprise stakeholders that the Five (5) AK-47 assault rifles recovered from the building are suspected to be those collected by IGBOHO’s men from Nigerian Customs and Immigration personnel at Idi Iroko, Ogun State.
  5. The gun duel which lasted for an hour offered IGBOHO the chance to escape. Sunday ADEYEMO a.k.a Sunday IGBOHO is now on the run. IGBOHO may run as far as he can. He may hide as long as he wants. He might have attacked security operatives as his strength carried him. But this will be the end of his shenanigans. Soon, he will not have a hiding place. His strength will sure fail him. And the law will catch up with him. The law may be slow. But it will be steady.
  6. Consequently, ADEYEMO/IGBOHO is advised to turn himself in to the nearest security agency. Those cheering and eulogising him may appeal to or advise him to do the needful. He should surrender himself to the appropriate authorities. He or anyone can never be above the law. Meanwhile, those arrested will be charged accordingly.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D
Public Relations Officer
Department of State Services
National Headquarters
Abuja.
1st July, 2021

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BREAKING: DSS Reportedly Arrest Sheikh Ahmad Gumi |The Republican News

The State Security Service has invited Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi for questioning.

The VOA Hausa reported that the invitation came after a controversy between Mr Gumi and the Nigerian Army.

Speaking on ARISE TV on Wednesday, Mr Gumi alleged that security agents played a role in the insecurity plaguing Nigeria by collaborating with the bandits who engage in killing and kidnapping for ransom.

The military responded to Mr Gumi’s allegation in a statement, saying, “It is essential to remind ourselves that this same military, being accused of connivance, are the ones who recently put their lives on the line to rescue abductees of the Government Secondary School, Birnin Yauri from kidnappers,” explained the army.

The statement added, “While the NA will not attempt to excuse the possibility of black sheep amongst its fold, it must be stated unambiguously that it will not condone any form of sabotage or aiding and assisting the enemy by any personnel.”

The army insisted that its soldiers always adhered to rules of engagement and protection of fundamental human rights.

Mr Gumi is not unknown for making controversial statements regarding bandits and killer herdsmen. On Wednesday, he described bandits and killer herdsmen’s atrocities as “a tribal war,” accusing the government of taking sides.

“What you call banditry when you cross to the other side, you find out Nigeria is fighting a tribal war,” he explained.

The SSS spokesman Peter Afunanya did not respond to Peoples Gazette’s inquiry to confirm the arrest. (Peoples Gazette)

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FG, DSS Plan To Cause Igbo, Yoruba Conflict With False Allegation, Carry Out Plan And Blame IPOB —AOKOYA |RN

Oodua Republic

Press Statement

FG allegation of IPOB plan to attack Lagos plot to cause Igbo, Yoruba conflict

Monday May 10, 2021 The statement made by the police today that Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, (IPOB) is planning to attack Lagos represents the high point of intrigue aimed at setting Yoruba against Igbo, a Pan Yoruba group said on Monday

In a statement signed by its official, Apapo Oodua Koya, (AOKOYA) said police claim that IPOB was planning to attack Lagos is suspicious

‘This is clearly another grand plot to set the Yoruba against Igbo. We do not believe the police claim” the statement signed by AOKOYA official Ahmed Akorede stated

The group said police claim is curious given the silence of the same police force when Fulani terrorists have been attacking the entire South West.

AOKOYA said it is not impossible that a rogue group may attack strategic assets in Lagos and put the blame on IPOB in order to set Yoruba and Igbo against each other.

“This is a game of wits. We urge Igbo and Yoruba to be aware. When Fulani terrorists were attacking Yoruba, kidnapping the people, the police did not mention any name. Now that IPOB is fighting for self determination, the Fulani leadership is looking for a way to divide the emerging Igbo and Yoruba solidarity. This evil plot will fail” AOKOYA said

We call on the Federal Government to send soldiers to flush our Fulani terrorists in Yewa, Igana in Oyo and armed Fulani cells across the South West forests. IPOB is not Yoruba problem. IPOB is nor kidnapping Yoruba people. IPOB is not occupying Yoruba forests. IPOB is not kidnapping, raping and killing Yoruba women and students..IPOB is not killing our farmers. The police should focus on Fulani terrorists in the South West instead of blackmailing IPOB”

Signed

Ahmed Akorede
For AOKOYA

The group urge Igbo and Yoruba to continue to explore areas of cooperation and prevent attempts to set ablaze the growing economic and spiritual ties that have emerged over the past one decade

“We warn the Fulani Federal Government.Do not bomb Lagos, put the blame on IPOB in order to cause disaffection between Yoruba and Igbo. This is an old trick used by Hitler to set people against each other. It is one of the instruments Fulani have employed to keep itself in power. The game is up” AOKOYA said

The police had said that “the threat of IPOB to attack soft targets in Lagos is equally being put on the radar of the command’s intelligence gathering and other security services in the state.

The police said “Strategies are being put in place to neutralize their activities. The command is using this medium to solicit for the support of all and sundry to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious person or movement to security agencies. Let us adopt the slogan of ‘when you see something, say something.’”

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BREAKING NEWS: Mbaka Resurfaces After Protest From Followers |The Republican News

Rev.Fr Ejike Mbaka surrounded by protesters

Thousands of happy residents took to the streets of Enugu to jubilate after the Spiritual director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Rev Father Ejike Mbaka reappeared following his disappearance for two days.

His disappearance had created tension in Enugu on Wednesday with many people even protesting. Many youths protested, alleging he had been picked up by security operatives or gunmen over his recent call on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign or be impeached.

DSS has earlier denied having anything to do with it and said they never arrested him as many Nigerians automatically started suspecting Buhari’s government.

In a live video update on Wednesday afternoon by BBC Pidgin, Mbaka was seen in an open roof car waving to protesters who surrounded him alongside operatives of the Nigeria Police Force.

Watch video below:

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