The legal team for the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, claimed on Friday that the group’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was not receiving sufficient medical attention in the Department of State Service, DSS, detention facility in Abuja.
NaijaNews report that Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the IPOB’s chief attorney, told reporters in Owerri after their visit to Kanu last Thursday at the DSS.
Ejiofor said that Kanu’s health is deteriorating and that the DSS has denied him access to his private doctor, as directed by the court, and that the matter would be brought before the court, among other things.
According to IPOB’s lawyer, “Our team of lawyers conducted the Court-Ordered routine visit to our indefatigable Client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at the DSS Headquarters, on Thursday.
“The visit was to put finishing touches to the preparations for today’s all-important Court Ruling on our Application challenging the competence of the 15-Count Amended Charge filed by the Prosecution.
“Onyendu was duly briefed on the pertinent matters incidental to today’s outing, as well as the Suit filed on his behalf by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, our Lead Counsel on Onyendu’s case.
“The Suit is requesting for the Court’s compelling interpretation of relevant Statutory Provisions and International Treaties/Conventions, which the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) grossly violated in their desperation to abduct, and forcefully rendition Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria.
“Consistent with the usual practice of the DSS personnel, they have continued to rebuff every attempt at ensuring that Onyendu has a change of clothing. The lawless DSS personnel bluntly rejected all clothes brought by our Client’s relatives. Again, in clear violation of the extant Orders of the Court.
“In line with the Court’s directives, we meticulously ensured that the new clothing met the specifications of the Court, and consequently beat the DSS to their games, so that by today (Friday) they will have no excuse to give to the Court for deliberately flouting the positive Orders of the Court.
“We also observed with dismay, as Onyendu’s impeccable account revealed that he is not receiving proper medical attention in the custody of the DSS as his health condition is gradually deteriorating.
“This will be addressed in court on Friday, particularly in view of the DSS’s persistent contempt of the Order of Court directing them to allow Onyendu access to his private doctor for an independent medical examination to ascertain his current health condition. This is also a right guaranteed under the Anti-Torture Act.”
“Onyendu is confident that justice will be done tomorrow, and we are ever ready to promptly explore all permissible legal avenues to challenge any pronouncement not supported by Law and decisions of Superior Courts, in the unlikely event that any of the counts still survived our legal arsenal,” he said.