Mike Ozekhome, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and senior counsel for the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has hinted that the IPOB leader may die in the custody of the Department of State Services.
Ozekhome said this on Thursday following the adjournment of the IPOB leader’s case seeking that he be released based on his deteriorating health conditions.
The lawyer added that Kanu needed surgery and had asked the court to rule in his favour to be transferred from the DSS custody to Kuje correctional centre for treatment.
“My Lords, Nnamdi Kanu is sick, he has been approved for surgery but they have refused to release him for treatment,” he was quoted as saying to BBC News Pidgin
“We are pleading for him to be transferred from DSS custody to Kuje correctional centre so that he can begin treatment like others.
“He’s getting really sick, I’m scared he may die in the custody of DSS. Dead bodies are not prosecuted.”
Despite the IPOB leader’s senior counsel’s plea, the court insisted it will hear all the motions in the case on the resumption hearing on September 14.
The court said even if it proceeds to hear the appeal, there is no space within its calendar to write and deliver the verdict within the 90-day deadline.
“Nnamdi Kanu will not die in detention. God will keep him alive and his blood won’t be in your hands,” the court added.