‘Have you eliminated him?’ asks IPOB as DSS shields Kanu from attorneys

Political activist and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement, Nnamdi Kanu, face trial, (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

NIGERIA– Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have questioned the government whether it has eliminated Nnamdi Kanu following his attorneys’ claim that Department of State Services (DSS) officers blocked them from meeting the group’s leader in detention.

Kanu who is in the custody of the DSS was arrested in Kenya and is standing trial on charges bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism.

“For now we are not sure of his state of health or if he is still alive at all. DSS should open up and tell the world why they are shielding our leader from the family and Lawyers. Have they eliminated Mazi Nnamdi KANU?” IPOB, Media and Publicity Secretary Emma Powerful said in a statement.

“We are informing the international community and all diplomatic missions in Abuja to be aware of the provocative actions of the DSS. Nobody should blame IPOB for anything, because the Federal Government and its security agencies have pushed us to the wall enough,” the statement added.

Aloy Ejimakor, Special Counsel for the detained IPOB leader on Monday said that DSS agents had twice denied attorneys access to Kanu while he was in their custody.

According to him, the DSS conduct violated Justice Binta Nyako’s judgment of a Federal High Court in Abuja that Kanu have access to his counsel on Mondays and Thursdays.

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