Kanu’s medication had been withheld, according to Ejiofor, who offered the report during a routine visit to Kanu in DSS custody in Abuja on Monday.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the principal counsel for the jailed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has expressed concern about the brutality meted out to the IPOB leader by Department of State Service (DSS) operatives who have kept him in captivity.
Ejiofor, who provided the information during a weekly visit to Kanu in DSS custody in Abuja on Monday, claimed Kanu had been refused his prescription for the past four days, despite a court order requiring him to have regular access to his medication.
Ejiofor said, “The DSS has upgraded their psychological routine torture of Onyendu, as he narrated to me today. It is a fact and on record, that Onyendu has been denied medication for the past four days.
“This inhumane treatment and grievous mental torture, has consequently, triggered the excruciating pains associated with chronic ulcer and heart burn, which Onyendu has equally been diagnosed of, in addition to other life-threatening health conditions that Onyendu is currently battling with.
“Today, 7th November, 2022, marked it the 4th day that Onyendu is denied of his routine medication, and despite several protestation by Onyendu, which obviously, fell on the deaf ears of the lawless DSS, they have maintained a stone-hearted stance on not providing Onyendu with his requisite routine medication.”
Giving more update on Kanu’s detention after the October 13 Appeal Court ruling that discharged and acquitted the IPOB leader, Ejiofor said, “We visited Onyendu today, 7th November, 2022, at the DSS headquarters, Abuja to specifically brief him on the status of the pending Appeal before the Supreme Court, as well as bring to his noble attention that our legal team, eminently led by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), has equally filed a Cross-Appeal, wherein we are inviting the Supreme Court to review certain aspects of the Court of Appeal judgment being appealed against.
“Onyendu was also informed that the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has ostensibly, abandoned their Appeal, as the time allowed for them to file their Appellant Brief is at the verge of elapsing, with no sign in sight that they are ready to take the bull by the horn. Other far-reaching strategies agreed upon to ensure that we give the FGN a hot chase for their incompetent Appeal will remain private.
“Be that as it may, the routine visit afforded me the opportunity to carefully listen to Onyendu’s complaint over his deteriorating health condition.
“The DSS is now indirectly awaiting the unthinkable to happen to Onyendu, but God forbid!
“The World is hereby, reminded once again, that Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has since on the 13th day of October, 2022, been legally discharged and acquitted of all frivolous and bogus allegations contained in the hitherto 7-Count amended charge framed against him by the FGN, and which smokescreen charge has equally been struck out by the Court of Appeal and laid to everlasting rest.
“What we find very disturbing and inconceivable to comprehend, is why the FGN has refused to obey Orders made by a Court of competent jurisdiction, which directed them to immediately release Onyendu.
“Rather, the FGN has openly treated the Court Orders with greatest disdain and impunity.
“Our current demand to the DSS is simple; Onyendu should be allowed access to his personal physician, as was long ordered by the Federal High Court, Abuja.
“The lawless DSS has remained adamant and continued to unnecessarily subject Onyendu to inhumane/forbidden treatment, and this is totally unacceptable.
“We are likewise, placing the World on notice, that should anything untoward happen to Onyendu, the World should hold the Federal Government of Nigeria, and the Director General of the DSS fully responsible, should any harm befall Onyendu.
“Nevertheless, our formidable legal team, eminently led by an indefatigable legal icon – Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, have already swung into action to legally address this lawless and reprehensible conduct by the DSS, and be assured that no Court in Nigeria will sanction this obvious act of executive lawlessness and recklessness.
“Onyendu also seized the opportunity presented by the visit to express his profound gratitude to UmuChineke, for standing firm with him in this trying period.
“He is very delighted with your peaceful and exemplary conduct thus far. Onyendu continues to urge you all to remain focused, and law abiding as you have always been, particularly now we are exiting the tunnel.
“Be assured that it shall surely end in Praises, UmuChineke, as the FGN has played their final card, which strategy is dead on arrival.”
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