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DSS shortchanges Kanu on full medication, lawyer alleges

By Jimisayo Opanuga
27 September 2022   |   5:05 pm
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, alleged that the Department of State Services (DSS) has shortchanged Kanu’s medication and has called for the unconditional release of his client.

[FILE] Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu is seen at the Federal high court Abuja, Nigeria January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, alleged that the Department of State Services (DSS) has shortchanged Kanu’s medication and has called for the unconditional release of his client.

“The DSS in a feeble attempt at improvisation, in order to cure a serious health condition such as the one confronting Onyendu (Kanu), only succeeded in procuring two doses, out of the full dosage of seven bottles of the prescribed medications,” Ejiofor disclosed in a statement on Monday.

Ejiofor stated that the secret police cannot properly manage Kanu’s health conditions.

According to him, DSS has run out of medical options for managing Kanu’s debilitating health condition and therefore pleads for the unconditional release of Kanu to enable him to seek proper medical attention

He said; “The two doses were exhausted on Saturday, September 24. The effect of the prevailing situation is that the limited dosage of the prescription Onyendu (Kanu) was provided with, is just a drop in the ocean, which did not achieve the desired result,

“We are no longer in doubt that the DSS has run out of medical options in managing Kanu’s debilitating health condition.

“Otherwise, we should be allowed to provide the required funding to the DSS to enable them to purchase the complete prescribed medications for Onyendu (Kanu), or we could procure them ourselves in order to ensure that Kanu leaves the DSS facility in good health condition upon regaining his freedom soon,” he stated

Kanu was re-arrested on June 25, 2021, and brought back to Nigeria to face his trial after he fled the country in September 2017 after an invasion of his home by the military in Abia State.

The IPOB leader and his co-defendant are facing treasonable felony charges at the federal high court in Abuja where a judge granted the Department of State Services (DSS) order to remand him in their custody.

Kanu’s lawyer added that the IPOB leader will not appear in court on Tuesday, October 4.