Nnamdi Kanu Sues AGF And DSS Over Alleged Rights Violation

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has sued the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Director-General of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) over alleged violation of his fundamental human rights. Nnamdi Kanu in the suit filed by his lawyer, Barr. Maxwell Opara, before the Federal High Court in Abuja, accused the respondents of denying him access to food, medical care, cloth of his choice and to practice his religion.

In the fundamental human rights enforcement suit, Nnamdi Kanu wants the court to order the State Security Service and Attorney-General of the Federation to allow him to arrange food, water, medical care and clothes of his choice for himself at his own expense and also allow him the right to practice his religion.

Nnamdi Kanu who is currently being held in the custody of the Department of State Security Service (DSS), argued that even though he is facing a criminal trial, the law still presumes him innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.

He claimed that he was being held in solitary confinement by the DSS and urged the court to order his movement to Kuje prison in Abuja. The applicant stated in a supporting affidavit, that despite repeated orders by the court, he was still being prevented from enjoying quality medical care

He claimed that he is suspecting that the medical personnel attending to him is a quack and incompetent to manage his health challenges. Nnamdi Kanu stated that the action of the DSS and AGF on his solitary confinement is inhuman, degrading, and constitutes a breach of section 34 of the 1999 constitution.

He wants the court to declare that the respondents while carrying out their duties are to abide by, comply with express provisions of chapter 4 of the 1999 constitution. Nnamdi Kanu is equally praying the court to declare that he is entitled to the enjoyment of his right to dignity of the human person as enshrined under Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution.

He also wants the court to order the respondents to immediately allow him to appoint legal practitioners and medical personnel of his choice from any government hospital to review his health file.

Nnamdi Kanu also wants the court to direct his movement from solitary confinement to where he would be allowed to pray and practice his faith unhindered in line with constitutional provisions.

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