The Indigenous People of Biafra has clarified that Mike Ozekhome, SAN, and Ifeanyi Ejiofor, are still legal representatives for the pro-Biafran leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The IPOB group also dismissed the reports making the rounds that both lawyers have been disengaged from Kanu’s legal team by his family members, adding that Kanu’s family members can’t sack the lawyers because they were engaged by IPOB.
In a statement on Wednesday, the spokesman for the group, Emma Powerful, said enemies of Biafra were spreading the rumours in order to provoke the legal team to abandon the struggle to free Kanu from detention.
Powerful said, “Following the recent attacks on IPOB lead counsels, the global family, and movement of IPOB wish to debunk the fallacious and fabricated statement being peddled that our lead counsels, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, and Ifeanyi Ejiofor have been dismissed as part of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s legal representatives.
“IPOB and Kanu, who engaged these dependable legal luminaries, are very confident in their legal prowess. It’s laughable for somebody to go on social media and announce the sacking of some people he did not hire.
“Biafrans and lovers of Biafra freedom across the world should ignore the purported rumours from the so-called brothers of Kanu.
“The legal contract between IPOB/Kanu and Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and Sir Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor is still intact. They are not Kanu’s family lawyers but IPOB and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers.”
The group, therefore, encouraged members of its legal team not to be distracted or discouraged in their fight for the unconditional release of Kanu from DSS detention.
The statement read in part, “The agenda of Kanu’s enemies is to get the lead counsels angry and abandon Kanu. Their agenda is dead on arrival, as the lead counsels are not amateurs at intimidation and blackmail.
“Kanu once said publicly, In this Biafra struggle, I have no brothers and no sisters except IPOB members. Therefore, any so-called brother claiming of speaking for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the DSS dungeon is making a joke of himself. Kanu is not in detention because of his family but because of Biafran’s freedom.
“Everybody must be careful because Kanu has gone beyond Kanu’s family. He is a leader and the face of Biafra. He is a national asset for Biafrans and must be protected from wolverines and jackals.”