The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) through its lawyer has asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to release their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, immediately to enable him seek proper medical attention.
Naija News recalls that the counsel to the IPOB leader, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had on Monday disclosed that Kanu was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disorder and has been on constant use of antacids and other available medical treatments. He, therefore, slammed the DSS for refusing to act on the order of Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja that the IPOB leader should be given serious medical attention. In a fresh statement on Thursday, Ejiofor stated that the IPOB’s leader’s health condition is deteriorating owing to the administration of substandard drugs on him. He stated that following his routine visit to Kanu at the DSS headquarters on Thursday, it was discovered that the agency is “deliberately refusing to avail Kanu of the prescribed possible medical relief.” The IPOB lawyer said: “Sadly, we made the startling discovery that despite the alarm raised on Monday, calling for the intervention of responsible foreign Governments and institutions, on the DSS’ flagrant disobedience of orders of the court, particularly in denying Onyendu Nnamdi Kanu, access to his personal medical doctor and medication, the DSS immediately resorted to local chemist store to procure substandard drugs to be administered on Onyendu. “Since it is now obvious that the DSS does not have the facility, capacity and/or resources to manage Onyendu’s deteriorating health condition, we are compelled to publicly implore the DSS, to allow us to have Onyendu back unconditionally, or better still, allow us to purchase the prescribed drugs for him pending his unconditional release from their custody.” According to the lawyer, Nnamdi Kanu has not eaten anything in the past 48 hours due to the concomitant excruciating pains occasioned by his gastro intestine disorder. He added that with this development they are now convinced that the Federal Government of Nigeria is ostensibly afraid of the anticipated positive outcome of the Court of Appeal’s judgement. “Hence, they are doing everything possible to subject our client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to severe torture, and inhuman/degrading treatment before he finally regains his freedom,” he said. Ejiofor, however, assured that the defense team led by Mike Ozekhome is not relenting in all actions being taken to correct this anomaly and to put to a halt, “this seemingly impunity and lawlessness being brazenly exhibited by the DSS”.
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