Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer for Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has once again expressed concern about his client’s deteriorating condition in a Department of State Services (DSS) cell since June 2021, despite court orders ordering his release.
In a statement issued after his routine visit to the IPOB leader at the cell on Monday, Ejiofor revealed that Nnamdi Kanu is suffering from agonising pains in his left ear and requires immediate surgery.
According to the lawyer, Kanu has been in excruciating pain, particularly in his left ear, as a result of the brutal torture and beating he received from Federal Government agents during his rendition from Kenya. Ejiofor blasted the DSS for remaining unconcerned about Kanu’s critical health condition, even after their own doctor strongly advised immediate surgery to save what was left of the IPOB leader’s left ear.
He said, “Onyendu seriously lamented about severe pains particularly on his left ear. He also recounted that a previous scan at the instance of the SSS revealed that he must undergo an advanced surgical procedure to repair his left ear drum that has become greatly impaired by the severe torture and beating he received from agents of the Federal Government when he was forcibly kidnapped in Kenya and savagely renditioned back to Nigeria in June, 2021.
Generally, Onyendu needs urgent advanced medical treatment and surgical operation to address his deteriorating health condition,especially on his left ear. He narrated how the DSS doctor had emphatically told him that if after 45 days from November 18,2022,when he was examined, his case had not improved, then he must undergo immediate surgery to save whatever remains of his left ear.
“He lamented that several reminders and pleas that the DSS carried out their own medical doctor’s instructions have met a brick wall. Being held in a solitary confinement, the DSS has also bluntly refused him access to his private doctor for independent medical assessment as ordered by the court.”
Ejiofor also hinted that their lawsuit against the DSS to compel them to allow Nnamdi Kanu access to his personal physician would be heard this week.
“Our legal Iroko, Ozekhome, painstakingly took comprehensive notes of Onyendu’s entire medical concerns and has immediately swung into action with full legal initiatives to forestall any untoward eventualities,” the statement read.
“The man of letters spent quality time in his briefing with Onyendu, as he updated Onyendu on the current status of our appeal before the Supreme Court which the Federal Government is deliberately forestalling.
Meanwhile, the suit which we had earlier filed to compel the Department of State Services and its Director General, to allow Onyendu access to his medical doctors and medical records comes up this week before the Federal High Court, Abuja”.
By Henry Okonkwo