Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has bee diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disorder.
This was revealed on Monday by his lawyer and human rights activist, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
According to Ejiofor, Kanu’s health status has deteriorated greatly, adding that the latest diagnoses is as a result of persistent heartburn.
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Ejiofor lamented that the IPOB leader has been deprived serious medical attention by the Department of State Services, despite an order by Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja, in that direction.
Daily Report recalls that Kanu has been in the custody of the DSS for over a year.
The separatist is facing trial in court for charges bordering on treason and terrorism.
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Ejiofor’s lamentation follows a visit to Kanu in Abuja, saying the DSS, which is a creation of the law must show respect to orders of the law.
“Presently, Onyendu is experiencing gastrointestinal disorder, which requires regular intake of antacid and other availing medical solutions, following persistent heartburn. Unfortunately, the DSS have denied him the least of the prescribed pain killer tablet that could provide momentary relief.
“Following this development, our erudite lead counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) has immediately swung into action to ensure immediate end to this maltreatment and impunity. Nevertheless, we still deem it compelling to place the world on notice, that should anything untoward happen to Onyendu, the DSS and the Federal Government of Nigeria should be held responsible.
“Highlight of the visit was to review other pending litigations initiated against the Federal Republic of Nigeria for their grave violation of international laws and treaties in their criminal abduction and extraordinary rendition of Onyendu, sanctions and reparation arising from this act of state terrorism.
“The visit also afforded us the opportunity to review the overall welfare of Onyendu, as well as the level of the DSS compliance with existing court order in the management of Onyendu’s health condition.
“For the records, it is pertinent to reiterate that for the umpteenth time, the lawless DSS have continued to treat with greatest contempt/disdain, the existing court order, which specifically directed that Onyendu should be allowed access to his personal medical doctor for an independent review/investigation of his current health status. This is following the continued depletion of his potassium level.
“Regrettably, this court order is gravely flouted with impunity by the DSS, as efforts made by Onyendu’s personal doctor to see him at the DSS facility where Onyendu is currently being detained was rebuffed/rejected by the DSS. Enough is enough for this seemingly impunity!”