‘Outlawed IPOB Counsel Defending Him’ — DSS Posts Bizarre Tweet On Emefiele


‘Outlawed IPOB Counsel Defending Him’ — DSS Posts Bizarre Tweet On Emefiele

The Department of State Services (DSS) has taken a swipe at Maxwell Okpara, counsel of Godwin Emefiele, suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the secret police accused Okpara of mobilising “other like-minded lawyers” against Yusuf Bichi, director-general of DSS.

DSS described Okpara as a “Biafran Republic agitator” and that the lawyer needs to understand the law on Emefiele’s arrest.

“Biafran Republic agitator and Outlawed IPOB counsel defending the suspended CBN governor,” DSS wrote.

“Is IPOB defending one of theirs? What a contradiction. What’s the connection? Is someone telling us something? May Maxwell be properly educated on points of law, please.”


Okpara is one of the lawyers fighting to secure the release of the embattled CBN governor.

The lawyer had represented Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), on a couple of occasions.

Recently, a group of lawyers led by Okpara and Ahmed Tijani, initiated a contempt charge against Bichi for failing to release Emefiele.

The lawyer said the DG of DSS should have ordered Emefiele’s release from custody in light of the prevailing judgements and orders issued in separate instances.

They cited orders by M. A. Hassan, Garki FCT high court judge; Hamza Muazu, Maitama FCT high court judge and Bello Kawu, APO FCT high court judge.

Emefiele has been in DSS custody since his arrest on June 10.

Many Nigerians have criticised the DSS for the tweet posted on its official handle.