The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has alleged that he is being denied food and water in the facility of the Department of State Service (DSS). Nnamdi Kanu is currently detained in the facility of the DSS on the order of Justice Binta Nyako-led Federal High Court in Abuja on the treasonable felony and terrorism charges preferred against him by the federal government of Nigeria.
However, disclosing the alleged ill-treatment by the Department of State Service (DSS) in a statement forwarded to Journalists on Monday, the younger brother to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Prince Kanu also claimed that the Nigeria’s secret police has denied his elder brother his medical report after taking his blood for more than 21 times.
Prince Kanu statement reveals that he was on a routine visit to the detained IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu when he confirmed the maltreated being melted on his elder brother by the DSS operatives. The pro-biafra leader regretted the action of the DSS despite several court pronouncements ordering the Nigerian government to make available to him the medical report.
The statement by Nnamdi Kanu younger brother reads in part; “Just visited the Alpha Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at the Department of State Security Services (DSS) in Abuja. During my interaction with him, he told me that he has been denied food and water since yesterday.
“As if that wasn’t enough, DSS had also denied him his medical report after taking his blood for more than 21 times. They have continuously disobeyed all the court orders,” he stated.
Few days after former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu visited Nnamdi Kanu in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) and declared that he is in good condition, Prince Kanu, younger brother of Nnamdi Kanu has said something different from what Senator Orji Uzor Kalu stated before. Prince Kanu stated that his elder brother Nnamdi Kanu is starving in the custody of the DSS as the secret police have denied him food, water and his medical report.
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has been in DSS custody since June 2021 when he was kidnapped in Kenya and repatriated to Nigeria in controversial circumstances. The trial of Nnamdi Kanu is already underway. The charges against him include terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.
Recall that Nnamdi Kanu is currently being detained in the facility of the DSS on the order of Justice Binta Nyako-led Federal High Court in Abuja on the charges preferred against him by the federal government of Nigeria.
Nnamdi Kanu is currently starving in DSS custody according to his brother Prince Emmanuel Kanu.
Prince Emmanuel Kanu stated that his brother is currently starving as he is being denied food and water at the DSS facility. While disclosing the alleged ill-treatment of his brother by the DSS, Prince Emmanuel Kanu in a terse statement on Monday claimed that Nigeria’s secret police has also denied him his medical report after taking his blood for more than 21 times.
Prince Emmanuel Kanu was on a routine visit to the detained IPOB leader he found out all the maltreatment melted out on his elder brother Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The pro-biafra leader regretted the action of the DSS despite several court pronouncements ordering the Nigerian government to make available to him the medical report.
However, last week, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja under the leadership of Justice Binta Nyako ordered the DSS to allow Nnamdi Kanu to have maximum possible comfort while in their custody. The trial judge Justice Binta Nyako who gave the order last Thursday also ordered the DSS to allow Nnamdi Kanu to have a change of clothes, give him medical attention, give him enough food and water and also allow him to practice his faith.
The judge later adjourned Nnamdi Kanu case to January 18, 2022, from the initial date of January 19, 2022 for a hearing of pending applications which includes the jurisdiction of the court and competence of the charge.
The shift in the trial date follows the abridgment of time granted by the Judge after a plea to that effect. Nnamdi Kanu’s lead Counsel, Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor had approached the court with an application seeking an order of the court to accommodate the trial in November and December 2021 as against the earlier January 19, 2022.
However, Counsel to the Federal Government of Nigeria, Barr Shuaib Labaran however told the court that a counter affidavit opposing the request by the Federal Government has been filed and served on Nnamdi Kanu.
Justice Binta Nyako however informed Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer that the application for time abridgment cannot be considered because there is no judicial time for such an issue. Following the insistence, Justice Nyako agreed to shift other cases slated for January 18 to accommodate the trial which will last till January 19 and 20, 2022.