Nnamdi Kanu very much alive, protesting inside DSS detention center - Lawyer

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the counsel to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has said the secessionist group leader is very much alive and still being detained in the facility of the Department of State Services, DSS.


In a statement released on Monday, February 28, Ejiofor gave an update on his legal team’s routine visit to Kanu at the DSS headquarters in Abuja. According to him, the IPOB leader declined to step out of his detention cell, in protest against the refusal of the DSS to allow him to see his lawyers on three occasions.


He said efforts were being “intensified to pacify” Kanu to have a one-on-one discussion with his legal team led by human rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN.


Our esteemed team of Lawyers comprising of the Learned Silk, myself and Bar. Aloy Ejimakor, were all cleared most promptly upon our arrival, and consequently allowed to proceed with the business of the day- to pay Nnamdi Kanu a visit as his lawyers.

We waited until minutes turned into an hour, and there was no signal that we would have Onyendu brought to us.

Following the stout protest by the erudite Silk, we were consequently brought in, to meet with some superior officers at a meeting where all superior personnel connected with the matter were invited.

All efforts made to move the visit to his very location of detention were not granted by the DSS, as they insisted that our request ran contrary to their procedure and guidelines.

Effort is presently being intensified to pacify Onyendu to have one-on-one discussion with his legal team, to enable us brief him on legal steps we may be compelled to take and measures to be adopted to assure him that there are legal consequences for flagrant violations of court orders by the DSS.

We are quite hopeful that this needless impasse will be resolved between now and tomorrow morning,to enable the legal team led by Chief Ozekhome, SAN, to conduct the visit tomorrow. That has so far been assured us.

We can authoritatively confirm to you all at this stage that ONYENDU MAZI NNAMDI KANU is very much alive, and still being detained in the facility of the State Security Services (DSS) National Headquarters, Abuja.

We shall continue to keep you updated on matters connected with this visit to our indefatigable Client- Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and any other compelling attendant concerns thereto.

Thank you all, UMUCHINEKE and remain richly blessed”.


The IPOB leader is answering to a 15-count treasonable felony charge the Federal Government preferred against him. The charge against him borders on his alleged commission of act of terrorism, felony, incitement, unlawful importation of a radio transmitter, and headship of an illegal organization.


Trial Justice Binta Nyako had ordered the DSS to allow Kanu to have access to three visitors, two days in the week.