I’m Scared Nnamdi Kanu May Die In The Custody Of DSS, Ozekhome Tells S’Court

Israel Adeleke

Nnamdi Kanu’s Senior Counsel, Mike Ozekhome, on Thursday, told the Supreme Court that he is scared that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, might die in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The IPOB leader who has been in the custody of the DSS since his extradition from Kenya on June 19, 2021, faces 15 different counts.

During the court proceedings concerning Nnamdi Kanu’s case, Ozekhome informed the apex court that the IPOB leader is very sick and requires a surgical operation.

The lawyer however, asked the court to rule in favour of the transfer of Kanu from DSS custody to Kuje correctional centre so that he can begin treatment.

“My Lords, Nnamdi Kanu is sick, he has been approved for surgery but they have refused to release him for treatment,” BBC News Pidgin quoted Ozekhome as saying.

“We are pleading for him to be transferred from DSS custody to Kuje correctional centre so that he can begin treatment like others.

“He’s getting really sick, I’m scared he may die in the custody of DSS. Dead bodies are not prosecuted.”

In response to the plea made by Ozekhome, the apex court stated that God will keep the self-determination agitator alive and will not meet his demise while in detention.

The court said even if it proceeds to hear the appeal, there is no space within its calendar to write and deliver the verdict within the 90-day deadline.

“Nnamdi Kanu will not die in detention. God will keep him alive and his blood won’t be in your hands,” the court said.

The apex court however, added that the court will hear all the motions in the case on the resumption of hearing on September 14.

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