Another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chukwuma Machukwu Umeh has joined the legal team of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
One of Kanu’s lawyers, Aloy Ejimakor, on Monday evening, announced the latest development.
He had on January 18, Kanu’s lawyer, unveiled Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) as the leader of the defence counsel for Nnamdi Kanu.
The IPOB leader is standing trial before Justice Binta Nyako over charges bordering on alleged terrorism and treasonable felony filed against him by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Just exited from a groundbreaking visitation with Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. It was groundbreaking because we covered many new grounds, including the addition of Chukwuma Machukwu Umeh(SAN) to the Legal Team. Onyendu sends his love and felicitation to all his true followers,” he posted.
In a subsequent statement, the leader of the legal team, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, clarified that the former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Imo State, Chukwuma Machukwu-Ume (SAN), would join the team to prosecute the pending appeal challenging the proscription of IPOB.
He said, “My attention has been called tonight to the information making the rounds that Chief Chukwuma Machukwu Ume, SAN, has been included in the legal team defending our indefatigable client, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in the 15-count amended charge preferred against him at the Federal High Court, Abuja. This information has generated effusive commentary of a diverse nature making it expedient for me to say a few words by way of clarification.
“Firstly, I say straight away that the information, in actual fact, is misinformation. No SAN, apart from Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), is in the legal team defending Onyendu in the aforesaid pending criminal matter.
“Secondly, Chief Chukwuma Machukwu Ume (SAN), on the instruction of Onyendu, was introduced into the already existing IPOB legal team, ably headed by my good self, to prosecute the pending appeal challenging the Proscription of IPOB. The said appeal is pending at the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division. This appeal and the 15-count Amended Charge pending at the Federal High Court, Abuja, are entirely two different cases.”
Kanu, on Monday, expressed optimism that his “freedom is near”.
He also commended his followers for always exploring peaceful measures in the expression of their solidarity.
Kanu’s lawyer and human rights activist, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, in a statement issued after the visit of his legal team, said his client was sure of freedom soonest.
He said, “Today, March 14 2022, we visited our amiable client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at the headquarters of the DSS Abuja. We had frank and fruitful discussions, which dwelt predominantly on prospects of his forthcoming case, and other strategic legal measures to be adopted upon the delivery of the ruling.
“Onyendu also expressed his implicit confidence in our indefatigable legal team led by the erudite and distinguished learned silk, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN).
“Also prominent is our untiring efforts to ensure that orders of the court are henceforth obeyed to the letter by the DSS.
“Onyendu is firm and unshaken in his convictions and consequently, encourages millions of his followers to follow suit. Onyendu recognises the Ezigbo Umuchineke who have remained extraordinary, firm and resolute in their resolve.
“He is indeed very proud of you all, as you continue to show the world what the exemplary peaceful expression of one’s inalienable rights to self-determination represents.
“Onyendu seized the opportunity offered by the visit to remind UmuChineke that his freedom is near, and implored you all not to lose focus or be distracted by dissidents, who do not mean well for his peaceful movement.
“Furthermore, Onyendu commended the peaceful efforts of his indefatigable team who are steering the ship in his absence, in carrying on within the best international practices and conventions.
“Onyendu applauded his followers for always exploring peaceful measures in the expression of their peaceful solidarity, he is indeed, very grateful.
“We thank you all Umuchineke for your steadfast trust, love, confidence and belief in the ability of our legal team to frontally face the task ahead to ensure that Onyendu is unconditionally released.
“Be assured once again that God being our helper, it will definitely come to pass, Umuchineke. May we also use this medium to reassure Umuchineke that we are equally not resting on our oars to ensure that everyone who is arrested and illegally detained by the various Nigerian security agencies is released.
“In doing this, we are invoking all the instrumentality of the judicial process to ensure that they get Justice. We are indeed, very proud of you all, Umuchineke, and may you all remain hugely blessed.