Nnanmdi Kanu: Counsel Stays Out of Court in Solidarity Protest

Nnanmdi Kanu: Counsel Stays Out of Court in Solidarity Protest

-  Journalists & Lawyers Denied Access to Court Premises Amid Tight Security

By Frank Ajufo

Counsel to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Barrister Alloy Ejimako has refused to enter into the premises of the Federal High Court Abuja where the trial of his client is billed to continue, today.

Ejimako who addressed journalists outside the premises of the court said he will not enter the courtroom, if his colleagues who have come to show solidarity are not allowed access.

“What I am here to tell the media members is that I am not going into this courtroom today alone, I am going in with this multitude of lawyers who have come to show solidarity.

“So I too I am standing outside here in protest. They want to grab me and put me inside the courtroom alone, the lead counsel hasn’t even come, he's on his way. But these lawyers here, they are lawyers as well. They have come to show solidarity and support for the rule of law but they are being prevented from going into the court premises. I think that is wrong.

“It is some sort of interference in the rights of the counsel. He needs the solidarity. This case is a very sensitive high profile case and people should not be seen to be interfering with the multitude of lawyers that have come here to show solidarity to him and his frontline attorneys.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has deployed heavy security to prevent possible breakdown of law and order as all entrances leading to the court premises were barricaded by a combined team of armed DSS operatives and men of the Nigerian Police.

At the time of writing this report, Journalists and lawyers who had come to the court were seen hanging around the premises as they were not allowed access into the court.

At exactly 8:02 am, a heavily fortified security convoy drove into the court premises, but it was not clear at the time of filing this report if Kanu was in the security convoy.