Kanu sues AGF, DSS, alleges poor treatment, seeks prison custody

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Nnamdi Kanu
Nnamdi Kanu

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on Monday slammed a fresh suit against the Federal Government at a Federal High Court in Abuja over alleged infringement on his fundamental human rights.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the Department of State Services were listed as first and second defendants.

No date has however been fixed for hearing.

Kanu, in the suit filed by a member of his legal team, Maxwell Opara, is seeking an order of the court to compel the DSS to allow him access to food, medical care and clothing of his choice.

The IPOB leader, in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS1585/2021 and dated December 13, 2021, also applied for an order of the court against DSS to allow him arrange food for himself at his own expense.

According to him, though he is facing criminal trial, the law presumes him innocent until proven guilty.

The detainee complained about alleged solitary confinement at the DSS custody and prayed the court to order his movement to Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja.
One of his brothers, Emmanuel Kanu, in a 10-paragraph affidavit he deposed in support of the suit said despite repeated court order, Kanu is still being prevented from enjoying quality medical care.
Kanu claimed that he is suspecting that the medical personnel attending to him is a quack and incompetent to manage his health challenges.

He also averred that the action of the defendants on his solitary confinement is inhuman, degrading and constituted a breach of Section 34 of the 1999 constitution.

Kanu therefore urged the court to declare that the respondents, while carrying out their duties, are to comply with provisions of Chapter 4 of the 1999 constitution.

The detainee also asked the court to declare that he is entitled to the enjoyment of his right to dignity of human person as enshrined in Section 34 of the 1999 constitution.

Among others, Kanu urged the court to order the respondents to immediately allow him appoint legal practitioners and medical personnel of his choice from any government hospital to review his health.

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