The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has issued a stern warning to the Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led government, urging the release of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. According to IPOB, Kanu is currently grappling with internal bleeding, allegedly stemming from torture endured during his detention by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Nnamdi Kanu has been held in DSS custody since 2021, following his arrest in Kenya and subsequent repatriation to Nigeria. On December 15, the Supreme Court overturned the Appeal Court’s ruling, greenlighting his trial on terrorism charges brought forth by the Federal Government.
IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, expressed deep concern about Kanu’s deteriorating health, citing reports that suggest he may be experiencing internal bleeding resulting from the alleged torture. The statement emphasized the need for urgent and specialized medical treatment to avert potentially severe consequences.
The group pointed out that Kanu’s current medical complications might be linked to the physical abuse he endured during his capture in Kenya and the overuse of drugs during his DSS detention. IPOB called for Kanu’s immediate release on medical grounds to allow independent medical professionals to attend to him and potentially perform necessary surgery.
Highlighting the critical nature of Kanu’s health, IPOB underscored that the Federal Government should exercise caution to prevent any harm to Kanu during and after his unlawful detention in DSS solitary confinement. The group stressed Kanu’s significance to Biafrans and warned that mishandling his situation could serve as a trigger for unrest with the potential to destabilize Nigeria.
In the face of these concerns, IPOB urged the Federal and British governments to prioritize Kanu’s health and well-being by facilitating his release for appropriate medical care.
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