Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers kick, say DSS punishes detainees who engage with IPOB leader in custody

Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers kick, say DSS punishes detainees who engage with IPOB leader in custody


The Department of State Services punishes detainees who engage with the embattled chief of the proscribed separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, his attorneys have alleged.

His lead lawyers, Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Aloy Ejimakor, who made this acknowledged in a announcement mutually signed on Thursday, frowned upon the “maltreatment” of their customer in the custody of the secret police.

In the announcement titled, ‘Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s detention circumstance at the DSS quantities to torture,’ the IPOB leader’s advice stated Kanu recommended them to make the following facts public:

“That regardless of a courtroom order to the contrary, the situation of his detention at the DSS headquarters in Abuja continues to be harsh, degrading and inhumane.

“That he is solitarily constrained to a very tiny mobile twenty-three (23) hours of the day barring get right of entry to to daylight and any social interactions whatsoever. He believes that this is aimed at inflicting excessive emotional and intellectual misery on him and breaking him psychologically.

“That any detainee who encounters and greets him at some stage in the single hour he is allowed backyard his phone is quickly put in solitary confinement or transferred to most safety as a punishment for changing mere greetings with him. Because of this, detainees have resorted to heading off him and changing salutations with him, no longer to speak of any different shape of social interactions.

“That when you consider that the Nigerian authorities distinctly renditioned him, he has now not been allowed a alternate of clothing; and his Jewish prayer shawls and different spiritual substances added to him by using his information have been rejected and returned.
“That the DSS has refused to substitute his corrective glasses (lenses) which have been smashed to smithereens by way of retailers of the Nigerian authorities in the technique of the violence they unleashed on him whilst abducting him in Kenya. This has led to a speedy deterioration of his sight.

“That he is limited to assembly with his information in an surroundings devoid of personal discussions with his counsel; and he is routinely denied perusal of criminal documentation his Counsel brings to him to review.

“That he is now not allowed to sleep with a pillow and this has led to him creating acid reflux which comes with acute burning sensations in his chest, chest pains and intense problem in swallowing.

“That on the seventeenth July, 2021, one of his attorneys (the undersigned Barrister Aloy Ejimakor) was once detained and interrogated for hours with the aid of the DSS when he got here to the DSS on visitation to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Mazi Kanu, who witnessed the detention earlier than being led away, was once very distressed and alarmed by using this incident and he considers it a brazen act of intimidation of his counsel.

“That he has, to date, been denied get right of entry to to the British Consul no matter her repeated requests to see him; and on the day of his ultimate court docket look (10th November, 2021), the British Consul who was once in court docket to examine the court cases used to be intimidated by using DSS officers, who confined her from coming shut to Mazi Kanu.

“That, to date, the DSS has denied his repeated requests for an impartial scientific examination to decide the extent of injury completed to his physique by way of a suspected substance he can also have been injected with all through this abduction and amazing rendition. He has cause to consider that the stated injected substance is depleting the potassium content material of his body, consequently inflicting him constipation, a feeling of skipped coronary heart beats, palpitations, fatigue, muscle weakness/spasms and numbness.
“That in the circumstance of the forgoing, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu continues to have a power and heightened feeling of portent hazard to his standard well-being and security inside the DSS facility the place he is presently detained.”

Kanu, 54, used to be born on September 25, 1967, at Afaraukwu, Abia State.

The secessionist chief is a holder of Nigerian and British passports. He had beforehand jumped bail in June 2018 earlier than leaving for the United Kingdom although he stated that he fled due to the fact his lifestyles was once no longer secure in Nigeria.

After about three years abroad, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), at a press briefing in Abuja on June 29, 2021, introduced that the IPOB chief used to be re-arrested in a overseas usa and extradited to Nigeria.

His attorneys had stated the IPOB chief was once re-arrested in Kenya and whisked away to Nigeria.

Upon his re-arrest and extradition in June 2021, he was once re-arraigned earlier than Justice Binta Nyako for terrorism-related costs and has in view that been remanded in the DSS custody in Abuja.

Justice Nyako had adjourned the trial of Kanu to October 21, 2021, for continuation of listening to but the trial was once adjourned until November 10, 2021. The case was once once more adjourned until January 19 and 20, 2022, for trial.

Kanu’s followers in Nigeria had declared numerous sit-at-home orders in the South-East to protest his arrest and demand his launch from the custody of the secret police.
The sit-at-home orders have been stated to cripple financial things to do in Imo, Abia, Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi states, particularly on Mondays.

The proscribed crew had additionally declared a sit-at-home which threatened the Anambra election however later referred to as off the order.

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