Stella Dimoko DSS Denies Alleged Maltreatment Of IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu In Custody


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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

DSS Denies Alleged Maltreatment Of IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu In Custody

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday denied reports of Alleged maltreatment of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who is currently being remanded in one of its facilities in Abuja.

IPOB had in a statement issued on Saturday by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, alleged that Kanu is being maltreated and starved of food since his confinement in the DSS custody; and appealed to the Nigerian government to transfer him to prison instead.

However, the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya, in a clarification at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, said, Kanu is being given a very Important Person (VIP) treatment in its custody contrary to claims that he is being denied basic needs.

Afunanya said contrary to IPOB’s claims, Kanu is being given all that he needs and has never been denied change of clothes and practice of Jewish religion.

He said: “On IPOB and the alleged ill-treatment of its detained leader, the Service has, without any fear of contradiction, applied restraint in making public statements over the matter. The reason is simply because it avoids joining issues especially over a matter that is sub-judice. But for the sake of transparency and democratic accountability, the Service has decided to make some clarifications.

“The Service denies all the inciting allegations by IPOB and states that Nnamdi Kanu is not, in any way, maltreated in custody. Accusations of maltreatment negate the Service’s Standard Operation Procedure on the implementation of rights of a suspect.

“Nnamdi Kanu enjoys full luxury in the holding facility incomparable to any of its type anywhere in the country. He is accorded full rights and privileges. He is never denied his right of worship or freedom from his select religious practice.

“Adequate attention is paid to Kanu’s health. He has unhindered access to the best medical care and doctors. Kanu, himself, has confirmed to his visitors that the Service has never, in any way, maltreated him. He even confirmed this to the quartet of Senators Ike Ekweremadu and Enyinnaya Abaribe; Bishop Sunday Onuoha of the Methodist Church, Nigeria and Co-Chair, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace and Ambassador Okechukwu Emuchay, MFR, Secretary-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who saw him on Wednesday, 8th December, 2021.

“The story of Kanu being starved is fallacious. He could not have been starved as he enjoys meals of his choice. That he is not allowed change of clothing is also false. He is regularly allowed change of clothing as against what is presented to the public by IPOB propagandists. Assuming he is being maltreated, how come his visitors told him he was looking well? All the allegations of violation of his rights as a suspect, victimisation and starvation among others are not true.

“It is unfortunate that some elements have decided to use outright misinformation to represent the state of affairs. Those who make these false stories do so to attract undue attention for the singular purpose of achieving a desired end.

“Rather than focus on how he should get justice, Kanu’s legal team and some mischievous elements among them have chosen to use fake news to mislead the public. While the Court in its wisdom ordered that Kanu be remanded in the safer DSS Custody, some of his legal representatives, for reasons best known to them, preferred Kuje Prison and have failed to explain the rationale for such choice.

“It may interest the public to note that a particular lawyer among Kanu’s Team is feasting on the matter such that one can conclude that his interest is beyond getting justice for his client. Be that as it may, the Court has the final say on the matter.”

Afunanya further stated: “Instructively, the media is reminded of its duty in national security. As influencers, media practitioners are called upon to use their platforms to pursue peaceful coexistence.

“They must commit themselves to the unity of the country and shun misinformation, fake news, hate speech and such other misleading narratives. Journalists, while discharging their constitutional roles, are enjoined to be objective, conflict-sensitive and patriotic in their reportage.”

from The Will Nigeria


  1. Will they agree? Just like they have consistently shouted bail is free.

  2. Una go agree before?liars everywhere

    1. Liars everywhere how? Does the coward normally look malnourished anytime he goes out for court hearings?

  3. He's not tortured but wears same cloth to court every time.

    1. He can choose to wear the same cloth to court for the effect it will have on his followers like you, the DSS are not his wardrobe managers

    2. Are you scared of commenting with your blog ID, anon 10:27? Or you tell us you don't have and don't want to have?

    3. What does ID have to do with his/her comment?

  4. Why not allow the 2 Senators, Ike Ekweremadu and Eyinnaya Abaribe plus the Bishop Onuoha confirm how they saw him when they visited only last week December 7, 2021.
    You guys are jumping to conclusion already

  5. So you are saying if he was maltreated,you will agree and tell us yes we are maltreating him.mtewcch


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