Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Department of State Services, DSS to allow freed but still detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu access to medical doctors of his choice.
The Federal High Court in its ruling on Thursday held that Nnamdi Kanu should be given access to all his previous medical records in possession of the DSS.
Nnamdi Kanu has remained in DSS detention after Court of Appeal set him free of all terrorism charges leveled against him by the Federal Government.
Nnamdi Kanu’s lead counsel, Mike Ozekhome, had filed an application requesting Justice Binta Nyako of Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to issue an order to allow the detained Biafra leader to have access to medical doctors of his choice and previous medical records, citing the deterioration of the IPOB leader’s health at the DSS detention facility.
DSS in reaction filed a preliminary objection asking the court to decline jurisdiction in the matter, arguing that the request had been settled by another court in Abia State previously.
The Judge, Justice Binta Nyako dismissed the objection of the DSS, saying the Secret Services failed to respond to issues raised by the applicant regarding his health.
According to the ruling, a person arrested and detained shall have the right to demand medical attention by medical practitioners of his choice.
“Consequently, the applicant is entitled to medical attention of his choice but at his cost. This application succeeds and is hereby granted,” the judge stated in quote.
Adding, Kanu’s medical practitioners and the DSS should be present whenever examination is conducted on Kanu outside the DSS facility.
The Court ruled that the procedure should be recorded while the DSS should supervise for security purpose.