On Sunday, the Department of State Services (DSS) clarified that they had indeed complied with a court order by allowing doctors to access Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). However, despite the access granted to his personal doctors, Kanu remained in DSS custody.
Contrary to some media reports suggesting that Kanu was released to meet with his doctors outside the DSS facility, a source close to the DSS stated that the access provided to his doctors was under the supervision of the Service. The DSS explained that granting access to medical professionals for suspects in their custody is part of their Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
The DSS emphasized that such access, under their supervision, is not limited to Kanu but extends to every other suspect in their custody. The source also highlighted that the access given to Kanu’s personal doctors was in accordance with the order of Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Moreover, the DSS had been providing medical services to Kanu even before the court order.
Addressing reports about Kanu’s release for medical purposes, the source dismissed them as baseless since the access granted was closely monitored by the DSS. The organization reaffirmed its commitment to upholding the rule of law and complying with court orders.
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