Lead counsel to the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Chief Mike Ozekhome(SAN), has raised an alarm that his client’s sight had deteriorated.
Ozekhome told the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Service, DSS, may go blind if nothing was urgently done to restore his sight.
He raised the alarm as the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, resumed on Wednesday with him wearing his regular Fendi outfit.
This is contrary to the order made by Justice Binta Nyako in December 2021 that he be allowed to change his outfit before his next appearance in court.
But Mike Ozekhome complained to the court that the DSS had refused to allow Kanu a change of clothes contrary to a definite order of the court that he must be allowed to wear a new outfit.
Responding to Ozekhome’s complaint, the judge asked the Director of Legal Services of the DSS to provide explanations to the issue.
“My Lord, clothes that were brought for the defendant had lion’s head embroiled on them, and the defendant (Mr Kanu) can’t wear clothes with a lion’s head,” he said.
The secret service’s lawyer explained that “clothes with lion’s head offend the standard operating procedures” of the SSS. The judge then asked the type of cloth Kanu preferred to wear.
In response, Kanu said, “I want to wear the clothes of my people, “Isi Agu.”
The court, however, refused his request but asked the DSS to provide Kanu with his eyes glasses which his lawyers said was taken away from him.
Meanwhile, the Prosecution Counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, informed the court that the defence counsel had filed and served him with two applications, to which he had responded accordingly.
He added that the first application seeks an order quashing the 15-count amended charge levelled against Kanu and the other seeking his bail.
Justice Nyako said the complaint had been noted and directed Ozekhome to proceed with the business of the day.
The matter was adjourned to April 8 to rule on Kanu’s applications to quash the charge.