The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader , Nnamdi Kanu, has petitioned a Federal High Court in Abuja to have him transferred to Kuje prison.
Kanu, who was rearrested abroad and returned to the country last month, is currently in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
In 2017, he had fled the country under health grounds on the orders of Justice Binta Nyako, and without his knowledge, he was returned to DSS custody until July 26.
According to a petition filed by Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, he was tortured mentally and psychologically in DSS custody.
It would be in the interest of justice for Kanu to be transferred to the Nigerian Correctional Service Centre.
The health personnel attending to the defendant in the custody of the State Security Service are not adequate in light of the defendant’s health condition.”
“That the defendant requires the expertise of his medical experts because his medical records from Nairobi Hospital’s chief cardiologist, who has the defendant’s medical records, mostly from before the arrest/abduction of the Applicant, show him to have a debilitating medical condition. I am attaching copies of these medical records that show the applicant’s current health condition as Exhibit MNK.
If the defendant’s health condition is not addressed quickly, he may die in custody even before his trial.
“Since he was smuggled into this country on 27th June 2021, he has been kept in solitary confinement without access to his family members, relatives, wife, cousins, and children, with the exception of his lawyer, who visits only with approval and endorsement from the Director-General of the State Security Service, which approval is not usually granted.
The conditions of his solitary confinement continue to subject him to mental and psychological torture by his custodians.