The family of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of preventing him from receiving visitors.
Emmanuel Kanu, Kanu’s brother, asserted that the DSS restricted access to the IPOB leader to conceal the current state of his “deteriorating health condition” from visitors.
Despite court orders for his release, Kanu has been held in DSS custody in Abuja. His arrest followed his apprehension in Kenya and subsequent extradition to Nigeria in June 2021.
Despite a Federal High Court in Abuja instructing the secret police to grant the Biafra agitator access to family members and lawyers twice a week, Emmanuel lamented that the DSS has failed to adhere to this directive.
Expressing suspicion about the DSS’s actions, Emmanuel stated, “DSS is stopping my brother’s visitors from seeing him, which is another flagrant disregard of a subsisting court order and their effort to conceal my brother’s deteriorating health condition. For me, DSS has become a private security company where the authority manages it as his personal family business. I’m yet to know why my brother is still currently in detention against court orders,” he conveyed to newsmen.