Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, says the health of leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is deteriorating.
Kanu has been in DSS custody for over 14 months since his arrest and extradition to Nigeria. He is on trial for treasonable felony.
In a statement on Monday, Ejiofor said Kanu has consistently been denied access to his personal doctor to ascertain his health status.
“For the records, it is pertinent to reiterate that for the umpteenth time, the lawless DSS has continued to treat with greatest contempt/disdain, the existing court order, which specifically directed that Onyendu should be allowed access to his personal medical doctor for an independent review/investigation of his current health status,” the statement reads.
“This is following the continued depletion of his potassium level.
“Regrettably, this court order is gravely flouted with impunity by the DSS, as efforts made by Onyendu’s personal doctor to see him at the DSS facility where Onyendu is currently being detained were rebuffed/rejected by the DSS.
“Presently, Onyendu is experiencing [gastrointestinal] disorder, which requires regular intake of antacid and other availing medical solutions, following persistent heartburn.
“Unfortunately, the DSS has denied him the least of the prescribed painkiller tablets that could provide momentary relief.
“Following this development, our erudite lead counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, has immediately swung into action to ensure immediate end to this maltreatment and impunity.
“Nevertheless, we still deem it compelling to place the world on notice, that should anything untoward happen to Onyendu, the DSS and the federal government of Nigeria should be held responsible.
“Orders of the court must be obeyed, particularly where the order has not been set aside. The DSS is a creation of the law and must not be seen to be operating above the laws of the land that created it.
“Enough is enough of this seeming impunity!”
Gastrointestinal disorder is a condition that is experienced when there is an imbalance in the digestive system.