Lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has said his client needs “quick and advanced medical attention.
Nnamdi Kanu was said to have been tortured and inflicted with heart disease in Kenya, where he was reportedly arrested and handed over to Nigerian authorities.
Ejiofor said Nnamdi Kanu is not feeling too good at the moment, calling on the Nigerian government to allow his medical personnel to visit him in the custody of the Department of State Services.
Ejiofor said none of the IPOB leader’s family members had seen him since June 18 when he was arrested by the Nigerian authorities.
He said Kanu’s legal team has formally applied to the court in that regard, adding that whatever treatment he is being given at the Department of State Services, DSS, was not enough.
“We want an expert that will examine him because he is still not feeling good. We want an expert that will provide him with advanced medical attention – not the type is given where he is being detained,” Ejiofor told reporters on Tuesday.
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“The preliminary investigation conducted on his health shows that his heart has enlarged by 13percent. So he needs quick and prompt advanced medical attention. So we have formally applied to the court for that. Let us see what happens in the coming days. So then we can pick it up from there.
“Yes, it is correct that his family members have not been able to see him. I am particularly worried. They don’t have access to him. The wife, the brothers, cousins and children have not been allowed to see him.
“That is why I classified his detention as solitary confinement and also being subjected to regular mental torture. If you have access to your wife and children and brothers and sisters, you will have some element of relief from your immediate family. But in this case, they are not allowed to see him. They have not been allowed to see him. It is only us, his lawyers, who visit on appointment.”