We Did Not Release Nnamdi Kanu- DSS

By  Mohammed Bello Doka,
July 31, 2023

In a recent development, the Department of State Services (DSS) has clarified that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has not been released. Contrary to reports circulating in some media outlets, Kanu was only granted access to his personal doctors under the supervision of the DSS.

This revelation comes after certain sections of the media claimed that Kanu had been released for the first time in two years to meet with his personal physicians in an Abuja hospital, separate from the DSS facility. However, a reliable source within the DSS has refuted these claims, stating that access to doctors for suspects in DSS custody is a routine procedure in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the Service.

The DSS source emphasized that Kanu's access to his personal doctors was not an exception but rather followed the established protocol for every suspect in DSS custody. It was also clarified that Kanu's access to medical services had been provided even before the order of Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which further validated his right to access medical care.

The source highlighted that Kanu's access to his personal doctors was granted under the strict supervision of DSS operatives, ensuring that he remained within their custody at all times. This clarification aims to dispel any misconceptions and baseless rumors surrounding Kanu's alleged release.

The case of Nnamdi Kanu has garnered significant attention both nationally and internationally. Kanu, who has been in DSS custody for two years, faces charges of treasonable felony and other related offenses. His trial has been a subject of controversy and has sparked widespread debates on issues of self-determination, human rights, and the unity of Nigeria.

It is important to note that the DSS's clarification regarding Kanu's access to his personal doctors is crucial in maintaining transparency and dispelling any unfounded speculations. The adherence to established procedures and court orders ensures that Kanu's rights are respected while also upholding the rule of law.

As the legal proceedings continue, it remains to be seen how this development will impact the ongoing trial and the broader discourse surrounding the quest for self-determination in Nigeria. The case of Nnamdi Kanu has become a symbol of the deep-seated grievances and aspirations of certain communities within the country, highlighting the need for a comprehensive and inclusive dialogue to address these issues effectively.

In the coming days, it is expected that further details will emerge regarding the specific medical attention provided to Kanu and the overall progress of his trial. The media and the public will closely follow these developments, as they hold significant implications for the future of the IPOB leader and the larger context of Nigeria's unity and stability.

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