- Nnamdi Kanu's lawyer has said that the Indigenous People of Biafra is not an unlawful group
- The lawyer said that the proof of evidence attached by the Department of State Security has nothing to with charges leveled against his client
- He also said that one person cannot commit treasonable felony as claimed by the federal government
A lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has debunked claims that the group is an unlawful one.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor who spoke to journalists after Kanu’s court session on Tuesday, January 10, said claims by the federal government that the group is unlawful is baseless.
Ejiofor said: "IPOB is not an unlawful society, the goods imported duly came into the border and they are not contraband items listed under the gazette.”
He also said that statements gathered from witnesses on Kanu’s criminal trial by then Department of State Security has nothing to with charges leveled against his client.
He also said that it is impossible for one person to commit a treasonable felony against a state.
The DSS had alleged that Kanu committed treasonable felony, concealed goods in a container and mismanaged an unlawful society.
But Ejiofor said: “If you look at the statements made by witnesses it has nothing to do with any offence of treasonable felony."
“They are talking about how they arrested him and nothing more.
“So it had nothing to do with offences of treasonable felony which he is being charged for, and we of the view and firm view that, legally, those statements of the witnesses have nothing to do with the charges.
At the point he was arrested he was not found in possession of any form of arm or dangerous weapon.
He came in with two valid passports, through the normal route… There is no way the proof of evidence attached can sustain the charge against him,”
"And also recall, that one person cannot commit and offence of treasonable felony,” Ejiofor added.