Our reporter/ Senior Advocate of Nigeria and senior counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mike Ozekhome on Thursday told the supreme court that he is scared that his client might die in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Ozekhome, according to BBC Pidgin, stated this during the hearing of Kanu’s case, as he informed the the apex court that the IPOB leader is very sick and requires a surgical operation.
According to the report, the lawyer 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.”
“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,” Ozekhome said.
Reacting to Ozekhome’s plea, the apex court said God will keep the IPOB leader alive and that he will not die 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 added that the court will hear all the motions in the case on the resumption of hearing on September 14.
Kanu has been in DSS since he was brought back from Kenya on June 19, 2021.
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