Facts have emerged as to how embattled lawyer Pius Awoke was released by the Department of State Services (DSS).

CITY LAWYER has now obtained images as to how Awoke was brought to NBA Headquarters by DSS operatives and handed over to the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

The images show an excited NBA President hugging the embattled lawyer who was detained by the DSS for nearly three years without trial.

Though former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof. Chidi Odinkalu had chided Maikyau for celebrating Awoke’s release, Bar leaders seemed ecstatic when three DSS operatives delivered Awoke and his cousin Onyiba Emmanuel Chinonso, a computer science student of Ebonyi State University, at the hand-over ceremony.

CITY LAWYER recalls that Maikyau had in a statement hailed the release of Awoke following his interactions with the DSS.

Below is the full text of Maikyau’s statement.


Distinguished Colleague,

As I indicated in the course of the National Executive Council (NEC) Meeting held on 20 June 2024, I am pleased to inform you that I have, today, 21 June 2024, secured the release of our colleague, Pius I. Awoke, Esq of Abakaliki Branch from the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS). He was released alongside one Onyiba Emmanuel Chinonso, a computer science student of Ebonyi State University, who was arrested and detained with Mr. Awoke.

Both Messrs Awoke and Chinonso will be delivered to me at the NBA Secretariat tomorrow 22 June 2024.

I will continue to update you on further developments on this matter.

Please accept, as always, the assurances of my esteemed professional regards.

Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, OON, SAN

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