Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to transfer him from the Department of State Services (DSS) custody to Kuje Correctional Centre.
The IPOB had on Wednesday accused the DSS of denying his doctors access to him, adding that the health of its leader was deteriorating.
After being granted bail, Kanu who ran away to the United Kingdom was rearrested on June 25 and brought back to face trial for alleged treason. Justice Binta Nyako had ordered that he be remanded in DSS’ custody and adjourned until July 26 for resumption of his trial.
Kanu’s legal team led by Ifeanyi Ejiofor accused the DSS of subjecting him to “mental and psychological torture”. They, therefore, said it would be in the interest of justice for the court to order his transfer to the Correctional Centre.
According to the lawyers, the Correctional Centre is “an impartial facility that has no interest whatsoever” in the case.
“An ECG examination was carried out on the defendant, and it was discovered that the defendant’s heart had been enlarged by more than 13 percent, posing a serious threat and danger to defendant’s life.
“The health personnel attending to the defendant in the custody of the State Security Service is not adequate, considering the circumstances of the defendant’s health condition.
“The defendant requires the services of his medical experts as his medical records issued by the chief cardiologist of Nairobi Hospital, who has the defendant’s medical records, mainly, before the arrest/abduction of the applicant shows a debilitating medical condition.
“Copies of these medical records showing the applicant’s subsisting health condition are hereby attached and marked as Exhibit MNK.
“If the health condition of the defendant is not addressed promptly, the defendant may die in custody, even before his trial,” a supporting affidavit read.
Kanu in a statement by IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, said his lawyers had limited access to him, as they have to go through a rigorous process of obtaining the DSS director’s approval, which may take days.
The Biafran agitators stressed that no harm should befall its leader, calling on human rights and international organisations to compel the Nigerian government to grant Kanu’s doctors unfettered access to him.
“We wish to alert the world and men of good conscience about the deteriorating health condition of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who has been in detention at the Department of State Services, (DSS) dungeon since his illegal abduction in Kenya and criminal repatriation to Nigeria.
“We are alerting the world about this anomaly to compel the Nigerian government to grant our leader’s doctors access to see him for a thorough medical examination…
“We wish to unequivocally state that no harm should befall our leader as the consequences can only be better imagined…
“We urge human rights organisations, UN, AU, EU, ECOWAS and other relevant organizations across the globe to rise in defence of justice and compel the Nigerian government and her compromised security agencies to grant our leader’s personal doctors unfettered access to him.”
“Our leader must not die in DSS custody neither should he suffer any serious health complications.”
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