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KANU ASKS TO BE TRANSFERRED FROM DSS CUSTODY TO KUJE PRISON

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has petitioned the Federal High Court in Abuja to have him transferred from the Department of State Services (DSS) to the Kuje Correctional Centre.

IPOB also accused the DSS of refusing his physicians access to him yesterday.

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The gang claimed that its leader’s health was failing.

Kanu was apprehended on June 25 and returned to stand trial for treason.

Justice Binta Nyako had ordered that he be remanded in DSS custody and that his trial be rescheduled for July 26.

Kanu’s attorneys, led by Ifeanyi Ejiofor, have accused the DSS of torturing him mentally and psychologically.

They claimed that ordering his transfer to the Correctional Centre would be in the best interests of justice.

According to the lawyers, the Correctional Centre is a “impartial facility with no vested interest” in the case.

“The defendant underwent an ECG check, and it was discovered that his heart had enlarged by more than 13%, posing a major hazard and danger to his life.

“Considering the conditions of the defendant’s health state, the health personnel attending to him in the custody of the State Security Service is insufficient.

“The defendant wants the assistance of his medical experts since his medical records issued by the chief cardiologist of Nairobi Hospital, who owns the defendant’s medical records, largely prior to the applicant’s arrest/abduction, demonstrate a debilitating medical condition.

“Copies of these medical records demonstrating the applicant’s current health state are attached and labeled Exhibit MNK.

A supporting affidavit stated, “If the defendant’s health condition is not swiftly addressed, the defendant may die in detention, even before his trial.”

Kanu went on to say that his lawyers only had limited access to him because they had to go through a lengthy process to get the DSS director’s approval, which may take days.

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