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  • News - South East - Abia
  • Updated: November 10, 2023

Nnamdi Kanu's family laments DSS prohibition of visitors for IPOB leader

Nnamdi Kanu's family laments DSS prohibition of visitors for

The family of incarcerated Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has once again expressed disappointment and lamented that the IPOB leader is not being permitted to receive visitors by the Department of State Security (DSS).

The case was filed by Kanu's younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu.

Prince Kanu, who decried the purported DSS activities, stated that the security organisation purposefully opted to prohibit visitors from visiting Nnamdi Kanu, claiming that the objective was to keep the putative visitors from learning the genuine state of his health.

Nnamdi Kanu's younger brother claimed the DSS was wrong to continue denying the IPOB leader access to his family and attorneys twice a week, as ordered by the Abuja High Court.

According to Prince Emmanuel Kanu, none of the people who came to meet Nnamdi Kanu on Thursday were permitted to do so by the DSS.

The Kanu family said that the DSS's activities were suspicious to them and other supporters of justice.

"DSS is preventing my brother's visitors from seeing him, which is yet another flagrant violation of a current Court order and their attempt to conceal my brother's deteriorating health condition."

"The DSS has become a private security company for me, with the authority running it as his personal family business.

"I still don't know why my brother is being held against court orders," Prince Emmanuel Kanu said.

However, the Supreme Court has set December 15 as the deadline for hearing applications concerning Nnamdi Kanu's ongoing imprisonment. 

After the federal government and Kanu's counsels adopted their last arguments, a five-member panel of the Supreme Court chaired by Kudirat Kekere-Ekun set the date for judgment.

Since being extradited from Kenya on June 19, 2021, the IPOB leader has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).  

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