Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead counsel to Nnamdi Kanu and the
proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Saturday
accused the Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor
of Abia State, Senator Orji Kalu of breaching the Department
of State Services (DSS) protocol to see his client in the
nation’s secret police custody.
According to Ejiofor, “I make bold to say that the
clandestine visit to Onyendu (Kanu) undertaken by Orji Uzor
Kalu is no more than an empty positioning for political
office come 2023”.
In the press statement shared via his verified Facebook
page, Ejiofor also claimed that Kanu ‘does not trust Kalu
Read Ejiofor’s full post below:
👇🛑EEPING THE RECORD STRAIGHT – REJOINDER TO
IN RE: ORJI UZOR KALU (OUK):
On/or about 11AM on the 29th of November 2021, I
received a phone call from a reliable source. The latter
informed me that a certain Orji Uzor Kalu expressed desire
to see my client, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The intended
visit was ostensibly in further pursuit of the political solution
to the unconditional release of my client.
As I had before then resolved not to constitute myself an
impediment to the exploration of any such political solution,
I welcomed the idea. Consequently, I was constrained to
substitute the name of one of the persons already
scheduled for the visit for the name of Orji Uzor Kalu.
I then proceeded to submit a fresh list containing the name
of the latter to the relevant authorities on/or about 12Noon
of the aforementioned date.
When the team of lawyers who were scheduled to visit my
client arrived at the Reception Hall of the headquarters of
the Department of State Security (DSS), on/or about
1.55PM of the aforementioned date, they were informed
that Orji Uzor Kalu, whose name appeared on the list at the
11th hour, would not be allowed to see Onyendu Mazi
The reason for this decision was clear. As the name of Orji
Uzor Kalu was merely submitted on the day of the intended
visit, and not earlier as was the practice, he could not,
without permission and/or clearance from superior
authority, be granted access to visit my client in the
detention facility of the DSS.
Orji Kalu’s hypocritical pretensions was worsened by the
fact that he is a politician (and a wily one at that), and he is
not related to Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu either by affinity
This position taken by the Detaining Authority did not come
as a surprise, or so I thought.
Long before the 29th of November 2021, the DSS
consistently and variously denied certain persons of sundry
political persuasions, and proven elder statesmen, access
to Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody. A case in
point is that of Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, former Governor of
The inclusion of the name of Orji Uzor Kalu at the 11th hour
in the fresh list submitted to the DSS on the day of the
intended visit had the effect of temporarily stultifying the
access operatives of the DSS could easily have afforded
the lawyers. So I thought honestly.
But there was more to it. The lawyers were kept waiting till
on/or about 3.20pm of that day when they were finally
cleared to ingress the detention facility. At first, I thought
this delay to be inexplicable and unreasonable, but, with
hindsight, I concluded that the delay was deliberate. It was
occasioned by the fact that Orji Uzor Kalu had earlier
arrived at the DSS facility and had gone to visit Onyendu
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at the time the lawyers were literally
forced to wait for a pretended reason.
I then became convinced that the objection that was taken
at the inclusion of the name of Orji Uzor Kalu at the 11th
hour in the list of persons scheduled for the visit was a
ruse, a smokescreen, and a deceptive ploy, ingeniously but
mischievously contrived to hoodwink us. It had that
temporary effect. The pretended reason was designed to
keep us waiting while Orji Uzor Kalu had his interaction with
Onyendu. The delay of about two hours was clearly
Orji Uzor Kalu, whose name was on the list of visitors that
was submitted and whose name was deceptively objected
to by operatives of the DSS, had earlier arrived the DSS
facility and had, in a manner that was extremely
surreptitious, gained access to Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
in custody! Lawyers that congregated for the visit stared
with open mouths when they gained access to Onyendu
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and were informed by him that Orji Uzor
Kalu had earlier visited him that day.
I must note that DSS operatives at the Reception Hall were
not let in on the surreptitious access that was granted to
Orji Uzor Kalu. They did not know when the latter arrived at
the facility and when he stole in to see Onyendu. It is for
Orji Uzor Kalu to explain honestly how he gained access to
Onyendu. If Orji Kalu did not go through the proper channel,
which starts from the reception, upon the submission of a
list containing the names of already scheduled visitors, how
then did he gain access to Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu?
Why was the extant protocols not followed?
We hereby invite the relevant authorities of the Department
of State Security to investigate this.
Further, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was not informed
before hand that Orji Uzor Kalu was at the facility to see
him. The information that was given to him, which he
conveyed to me, was to the effect that an important
personality was at the facility to see him. The identity of the
so-called important personality was not disclosed to him.
This is deceptive and a breach of the protocol of the DSS.
If the motive for surreptitiously embarking on the visit to
Onyendu is pristine, salutary and genuine, why did Orji Uzor
Kalu knowingly breach the DSS protocol? Why did he steal
in to see Onyendu? Why did he not leave any trace of his
identity at the reception hall? If he had no ill motives, why
did he conceal his identity from Onyendu before he had
access to him and why was he aided in the process by a
deceptive DSS operative?
If Orji Uzor Kalu had genuine intentions, why was the
deliberation at his visit to Onyendu conducted in the
presence of some persons not necessarily supposed to be
present at such visit? Orji Uzor Kalu is hereby challenged to
explain to the whole world what informed the question he
asked Onyendu during his visit as to why he did not stay
back at Afaraukwu during the bloody invasion of the
homestead of Onyendu on the 14th of September 2017?
Further, I must remind the public that 2023 is around the
corner. Desperate politicians, including those of Igbo
extraction that have sworn to be perpetual slaves of some
primitive overlords, and who offer their deceptive heads,
containing their lying mouths and tongues, to be turbanned
by their slave masters, are up to sundry devious stunts,
schemes, contrivances, chicanery and duplicitous
manoeuvres. They shamelessly and unabashedly seize every
opportunity available to them to advance their political
Most of them have no honour. They mislead the unwary
and unsuspecting members of the public by their
hypocritical behaviour and sanctimonious grandstanding.
Inside of them are filth, putrefaction, deception and
ungodliness. I make bold to say that the clandestine visit to
Onyendu undertaken by Orji Uzor Kalu is no more than an
empty positioning for political office come 2023.
The whole world knows that Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is
an infinitely brilliant man and a good student of history. He
has seen through the empty scheme of Orji Uzor Kalu and
is not deceived by it. Onyendu does not trust Orji Uzor Kalu
one bit. He has said so in no uncertain language.
In 2017, Orji Uzor Kalu exhibited similar inclination. He
merely wanted to score a cheap political point. But his
attempt failed woefully, and rightly so. Onyendu did not
accord him any relevance whatsoever. This time, he
initiated similar pretensions. Again, his shenanigan did not
produce the desired effect.
Orji Uzor Kalu in his outburst alluded to pecuniary interest in
relation to my good self. This is most unfortunate. The truth
is that, that allusion applies squarely, wholly and entirely to
him. Every Nigerian of full age knows the history and
circumstances of this man. His record is public knowledge.
Granted that I have made many enemies in the course of
my stout, unrelenting and resolute defence of Onyendu,
these enemies are really those who want me to
compromise or dilute my standard but have met a brick
wall in their several attempts.
I make bold to say that in the course of the defense of
Onyendu and in all court cases involving members of IPOB,
I have remained resolute, solid as the Rock of Gibraltar,
unbending, incorruptible, forthright, steadfast, devoted and
dedicated. I owe no one, including Orji Uzor Kalu, any
apologies whatsoever for remaining defiant and unrelenting
in my defence of Onyendu and members of IPOB.
The attempt at smear campaign by Orji Uzor Kalu is
infantile, puerile and laughable. Orji Uzor Kalu is hereby
advised to first embark on genuine introspection before
taking the liberty to cast aspersion on anybody.
Thank you all and remain blessed Umuchineke