Concerns have been raised about Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and his health while being held at the Department of State Services (DSS) detention facility in Abuja by the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL).
The IPOB chief and other suspects are being held at a facility where there have been reports of a tuberculosis outbreak.
The legal team representing Kanu, led by Special Counsel Aloy Ejimakor, had warned that other people held by the secret police had tested positive for the illness on Thursday.
In response, COSEYL claimed in a statement released by its President-General, Goodluck Ibem, that the sickness epidemic was a plot to assassinate the secessionist.
The coalition also called for the release of Kanu to enable him to gain access to medical facilities.
The statement reads in part, “The decision to detain a person living with tuberculosis in the DSS cell where Nnamdi Kanu is held is a heinous and demonic plot to infect him with such dangerous illness.
“The continuous illegal detention of Nnamdi Kanu at DSS custody against the order of the Federal Court of Appeal has divided the nation along ethnic lines which is unhealthy for democracy to thrive.
“We call on the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu with immediate effect in order to avail him the opportunity to receive medical treatments. Failure to do so confirms a plot to assassinate him”.
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