Detainees at the custody of the Department of State Services in Abuja are contracting tuberculosis, a bacterial infection attacking human lungs and organs.
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, stated this on Thursday via his special counsel, Barr Aloy Ejimakor.
Ejimakor, via his verified Twitter handle, stated that, “I visited with #MNK today in the company of Prince Emma Kanu & one of his other lawyers.
“Onyendu directed that I extend his profound condolences to Mrs Rachel Nwosu on the demise of her gallant husband.
“He disclosed that numerous detainees at the DSS have now tested positive for tuberculosis. He hopes the Nigerian government would alert the WHO & Red Cross to intervene before it becomes a pandemic inside the DSS.
“Onyendu’s poor health persists & he’s still not getting the required care. While I was with him, I observed his noticeable discomfort, malaise & general ill-health. He salutes all who remain faithful & steadfast.”
IPOB is a pro-Biafra group seeking the independence of former Nigeria’s Eastern Region. From1967 to1970, the region, led by Gen Emeka Ojukwu, fought to secede from Nigeria following alleged killings of the people of the region in other parts of the country in the aftermath of the January 1966 coup. The quest failed.
Kanu alleges that the people of the region are still being marginalised, prompting him to seek their secession.
Kanu was arrested in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2021, over an alleged running a proscribed group, jumping bail and treason. He copiously won his cases, all of which ordering his release from detention and compensation.
Recall that the Court of Appeal, last year, ruled that the way Kanu was arrested and brought to Nigeria amounted to extraordinary rendition. The court acquitted him, but FG sought a stay of execution at the Supreme Court, which informed the continued detention of Kanu.
Kanu a few days ago claimed that the FG relocated a TB victim to where he is being detained, claiming that he had experienced nose-bleeding.