THE leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, may die in the custody of the Department of States Service if he is not transferred to Kuje prison in Abuja, his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has said.
Upon his rearrest and return to the country, last month, Justice Binta Nyako, who had granted him bail on health grounds before he fled in 2017, had ordered that he should be kept in DSS’ custody until July 26.
But in an application filed by Ejiofor, today, Kanu said he had been subjected to mental and psychological torture in DSS custody.
He said it would be in the interest of justice for Kanu to be transferred to the Nigerian Correctional Service Centre.
“That 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 appleication said.
“That 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.
“That if the health condition of the defendant is not addressed most promptly, the defendant may die in custody, even before his trial.
“That since he was smuggled into this country on 27th June 2021, he has been kept in solitary confinement without access to his family members, relatives, wife, cousins, and children, except his lawyer, who only visits after they must secure the approval and endorsement of the Director-General of the State Security Service, which approval are not usually granted as a matter of course.
“That he is still being subjected to mental and psychological torture by his custodians, on account of the conditions of his solitary confinement.”