The Department of State Services (DSS) has said the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, enjoys his full rights in detention.
Kanu was arrested from Kenya in controversial circumstances in June and brought to Nigeria with the collaborative efforts of the Kenyan government and the Nigerian authorities.
The IPOB leader has since been in the custody of the DSS.
He has appeared at least three times before Justice Binta Nyako at the Federal High Court in Abuja over treasonable felony among other allegations levelled against him by the Nigerian government.
The court in one of his hearings ordered the secret police to grant Kanu maximum comfort and let him enjoy his fundamental rights, but his lawyers had come out to say the DSS did not comply with the court orders.
However, DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, said Kanu had his rights and enjoyed them.
Afunanya said this in his address at a media briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said “The service denies all the inciting allegations by IPOB and state that Nnamdi Kanu is not in any way maltreated in custody. Accusation of maltreatment negates the service’s standard operation procedure on the implementation of rights of a suspect.
“Nnamdi Kanu enjoys full luxury in the holding facility incomparable with any of its type anywhere in the country. He is accorded full rights and privileges. He is never denied his rights of worship of freedom from his religious practice.
“Adequate attention is paid to Kanu’s health. He has unhindered access to the best medical care and doctors. 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.
“It is unfortunate that some elements decided to use outright misinformation to represent the state of affairs.”
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