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I’m Liverpool, not Chelsea, fan; Nnamdi Kanu tells judge

Mrs Nyako asked Mr Kanu if he was a fan of Chelsea Football Club going by the designer’s clothes he keeps wearing to court.

• May 18, 2022
Nnamdi Kanu
Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu on Wednesday told Justice Binta of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court that he supports English Premier League side Liverpool.

Mrs Nyako had jokingly asked Mr Kanu, who is facing treasonable felony charges before her court, which football team he supports. 

She noted that she had always seen the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the media adorning clothes of different football clubs different from the designer clothes he wears to court.

“What is your team?” Mrs Nyako asked.

Mr Kanu gently stood up in the dock and said: “My team is Liverpool even from the age of seven”.

The development occurred when Mr Kanu’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, complained that the State Security Services (SSS) had not been allowing him and other counsel enough time to meet with the IPOB leader whenever they visited him in detention.

The judge then reminded Mr Ozekhome that he had once thanked the SSS in open court for procuring an orthopedic mattress, pillow and others for his client. 

She said she had already ordered that the security outfit should give Mr Kanu moderate treatment and care while in detention like food, clothing, medicare, etc.

Then Mrs Nyako turned to Mr Kanu and said despite her order for him to change his clothes, the IPOB leader continued to put on the same milk-colour designers wear.

The judge said though Mr Kanu, on his own accord, keeps coming into the court with the same attire, she saw him in the media with other clothes.

The judge then jokingly said she was a Liverpool F.C. fan and asked Mr Ozekhome if he was also a fan of a football club, and the senior lawyer answered in affirmative.

He said he was also a fan of Liverpool F.C.

Mrs Nyako then asked Mr Kanu if he was a fan of Chelsea Football Club going by the designer’s clothes he keeps wearing to court.

The judge then told the SSS legal director who was in court to always allow Mr Kanu to watch the matches of his favourite football club.

“You must allow the defendant to watch the matches any day they are playing,” she said, adding that she was going to make an order to that effect.

The SSS official, however, said his office had always given him access to watch television.


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