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Nnamdi Kanu must not die in detention, warns Ohanaeze

Nnamdi Kanu must not die in detention, warns Ohanaeze

Apex Igbo socio-cultural group Ohanaeze Ndigbo has warned the federal government against allowing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to die in custody at the Directorate of State Services (DSS ).

It comes after his brother Emmanuel Kanu and lawyer Ifeanyi Ejiofor sounded the alarm over Kanu’s condition following a routine visit to the State Services Department cell. They said the Biafra leader was gravely ill and had not been allowed to see his doctors by the DSS.

Ejiofor said Kanu “is currently suffering from gastrointestinal illness, which necessitates the constant use of antacids and other available medical treatments.”

“The DSS refused to allow him to have even the smallest amount of painkiller prescribed, which might have given him short-term respite.”

Reacting in a statement titled “Nnamdi Kanu must not die in prison,” Ohanaeze called the report disturbing to any impartial patriotic Nigerian.

Signed by Ohanaeze’s National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, the pan-Igbo body warned the federal government that nothing untoward should happen to Kanu in custody.

According to the statement, the group’s general chairman, Ambassador George Obiozor, has repeatedly advised President Buhari on the Kanu issue beyond the courts or the use of force, saying it requires a political solution. .

The statement read: “The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Igbo socio-cultural organization at the top, and several prominent Igbo have repeatedly appealed to the heart of Mr. President to release Nnamdi Kanu on the basis of a political solution. . The only living legend among those who fought for Nigeria’s independence and the First Republic’s Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amechi made the request to Buhari during his visit to Abakaliki, N.S. of Ebonyi, as her dying wish.

“Earlier before that, Mbazulike had also met the President in Aso Rock, Abuja for the same reason. In the meantime, common sense will ask: why deny Nnamdi Kanu the necessary access to a doctor? This is very curious and raises many questions.

“Finally, it is common knowledge that the incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu has rather contributed to the enormity of insecurity in the Southeast and one wonders what will happen if, through inattention, negligence or unnecessary victimization, something untoward was happening to Nnamdi Kanu.”

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