Kanu’s family said Ejimakor was appointed by the IPOB leader in 2017, and can’t be sacked by the separatist group.
The family of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra has maintained that Aloy Ejimakor is still Kanu's legal counsel and has not been sacked.
According to Kanu’s family, Ejimakor was appointed by the IPOB leader in 2017, and can’t be sacked by the separatist group.
Prince Kingsley Kanunta Kanu made the clarification on behalf of the family.
Kanunta was reacting to a statement by IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, that Ejimakor was not Kanu’s lawyer.
Powerful had said Ejimakor should stop parading himself as IPOB’s lawyer due to his recent comment on Simon Ekpa’s sit-at-home.
However, Kanunta said the claims by Powerful were false and should be ignored by Nigerians.
In a statement he signed, Kanunta maintained that Ejimakor remains Kanu’s Special Counsel until the IPOB leader says otherwise.
The statement reads partly: “Late yesterday, the attention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s family was drawn to publications in a few newspapers, stating that IPOB has sacked Barrister Aloy Ejimakor as a Lawyer representing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB.
“The publications were based on a Press Statement ostensibly released late yesterday (1st August 2923) by Comrade Emma Powerful, the Media & Publicity Secretary of IPOB.
“By this Press Release, we – the family of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu state categorically that the Press Statement by the said Emma Powerful is false and defamatory in its entirety and accordingly, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor has not been sacked as a Special Counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the IPOB. He thus remains such Special Counsel in good standing until Mazi Nnamdi Kanu says otherwise.
“Let us go on record to make it clear that Barrister Ejimakor was not hired or retained by this Emma Powerful or the Department of State of IPOB (DOS) which Powerful stated he was speaking for.
“Instead, it was Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (in his official capacity as Supreme Leader of IPOB) that hired Barr Ejimakor in late 2017. So, unless Emma Powerful and DOS believe that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has become vegetative (as they once rumoured), how can they suddenly begin to make decisions for him?”