The leader of the pro-self-determination group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has distanced the group from the ongoing killings in the South East and “pleaded that everyone should remain calm and peaceful,” his lawyer, Mr. Maxwell Opara has said.
In a statement he made available following his visit to Kanu today, Opara also stated that Kanu also broke down in tears on hearing of the killing of renowned surgeon, Dr. Chike Akunyili.
According to Opara, “Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was traumatized by the disturbing sad news of the incessant killings of innocent persons in the South East and frowned at all attempt by the enemies who link IPOB with the killings of the innocent persons. He cried and prayed to God to raise his anger on those who killed Dr. Chike Akunyili and others. In my presence MNK broke down in tears while still praying. But in all, he pleaded that everyone should remain calm and peaceful.”
The fiery lawyer also said that the attitude of the Department of State Services (DSS) to visitors has changed considerably after his outcry on the treatment meted to him during his last visit, adding that “the DSS have learnt to be treating their visitors especially Lawyers with respect and decorum.”
His words: “Having heard about the court process I filed against them together with the condemnation and embarrassment from the members of the public, may I inform you that the DSS have learnt to be treating their visitors especially Lawyers with respect and decorum. I went to the DSS Headquarters today 30th September, 2021 to visit my client Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, I was surprised how they treated me and other visitors with decorum and respect without harassment and abuse. We shall continue to seek redress for our right whenever it’s violated.”
Recall that Akunyili, husband of deceased former Director-General of the National Agency for Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Dora Akunyili, was killed yesterday around Onitsha after attending a memorial event in her honour.
There has also been a spate of killings, especially in Anambra State in the run-up to the November 6, 2021 Governorship Election, even as IPOB spokesman Emma Powerful had issued a statement denying that IPOB has any links with the killings.