First cousin to leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, Chijindu Offor has raised fresh alarm over Kanu's health.
Offor did not only raise alarm over Nnamdi Kanu's health status but also pleaded with the federal government to grant him access to his personal physicians for thorough medical attention, Vanguard reported.
He noted that Nnamdi Kanu's illness was very obvious during his last court appearance, saying he needed urgent medical examination and care by his personal doctors who have his medical history.
He said that the Department of State Services (DSS), where the IPOB leader is currently detained “lacks the needed facilities to handle his health challenges”, hence the compelling need to allow him access to his private doctors “to properly take care of him”.
Offor warned that the IPOB leader’s medical condition could worsen if not properly managed by experts, a sad development he said could even result to his death.
He therefore, urged the federal government to heed the appeals from various quarters to engage Kanu in dialogue with a view to resolving the cause of the growing agitation for self determination.
According to him, only dialogue and meaningful engagement of the necessary stakeholders will resolve the various agitations for self determination in the country.
Offor urged leaders of the country to stop pretending and convene a round table discuss where the various genuine national questions will be frankly addressed to save Nigeria from the precipice.
He said that intimidation and use of brute force by government could not quail the growing agitation for self determination by different regions in the country which he said was as a result of the general disenchanted in the land.
Meanwhile, AllNews Nigeria recall that Aloy Ejimakor, the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB’s) Special Counsel during an interview with BBC Pidgin last weekend disclosed that the detention facility of the Department of State Services does not have the standard medical facility to attend to the health condition of Kanu.
Ejimakor noted that Kanu has a heart condition called ‘heart murmur’ and was treating the health condition in a Texas hospital in the United States before his arrest.
The lawyer to the IPOB leader said, “I don’t see any remarkable difference between the Nnamdi Kanu of the old and the Nnamdi Kanu of 21st of October. The only thing I understand, and I could say was that he has lost a lot of weight.
“Everybody noticed so I do believe that the loss of weight has a whole lot to do with the conditions of his detention in Nigeria, which is very restrictive and uncomfortable, and very degrading. I think also, it is indicative of what he passed through in Kenya when he was renditioned there in June 2021.
“Before his rendition, Nnamdi Kanu was receiving treatment for a heart condition called Heart Murmur. And he has an extreme form of hypertension. His medical report is a matter for public consumption through the facilities and processes we filed in that regard. He was receiving treatment in Texas, United States back in February this year for that. And when he entered Kenya sometime in May, he also made contact with a hospital in Kenya to treat these conditions. And these conditions persist
“Our thesis, our position is that the DSS facility is a poster exemplar of the detention facilities in Nigeria are like in terms of inadequate medical facilities. I don’t believe the DSS facility has the medical competence to take care of his medical condition which we considered life-threatening.”
He added, “We were not given enough time to study the Amend Charges, so as to let our client respond well. But the Judge wanted a plea to be taken, and of course, a plea was taken. And I don’t think that has prejudiced the challenges we have with these charges which will come up on the 10th of November.
“What happened was that he took a while before they brought him inside. So when they brought him inside, he wasn’t in chains. If you recall on June 29, 2021, when they presented him, subsequent to his rendition, he was in chains, he was in manacles and that was unconstitutional. You shouldn’t be doing that to suspect.
“Nigerian constitution says you shouldn’t do that to a suspect, on October 21, they didn’t. He wasn’t in manacles, he wasn’t in handcuffs. So he walked freely inside the confines of the courtroom. He received a salutation from his counsel and gathered other people who were in the court and had the opportunity to snap pictures with him. He was in a more relaxed atmosphere than the last time he was presented in court.”