In a significant development, Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been returned to the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) following a brief release for a medical evaluation.
Court’s Order for Medical Evaluation: On July 20, the Federal High Court in Abuja issued an order for the DSS to allow Kanu access to his personal physicians, dismissing the DSS’s initial objection to the request. The court’s decision was prompted by concerns raised by IPOB about Kanu’s health, with suspicions of an ear infection that requires surgery.
Kanu’s Access to Personal Physicians: According to counsel for the IPOB leader, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu, who has been in detention since 2021, was granted access to his personal physicians and subsequently taken back into DSS custody. Ejiofor confirmed that Kanu had received medical attention, but he refrained from providing further details about his health condition.
Productive Medical Evaluation: In a tweet on Saturday, Ejiofor stated that Kanu met with his personal doctors in a hospital in Abuja, outside the DSS facility. He described the medical examination as seamless and productive, without disclosing specific findings. Ejiofor’s statement highlighted the commitment of IPOB to keep the public informed about Kanu’s health status and legal matters.
As Nnamdi Kanu returns to DSS custody, the situation remains closely monitored by the public, with questions surrounding his health, legal proceedings, and the wider implications for the separatist movement. The court’s ruling for medical evaluation has drawn attention to the human rights aspect of the case, raising concerns about detainees’ access to proper healthcare while in custody.
- Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), goes back to DSS custody after being released for a medical evaluation.
- The Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the DSS to allow Kanu access to his personal physicians, dismissing the DSS’s objection.
- IPOB claims Kanu has an ear infection requiring surgery, prompting the need for medical attention.