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IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu has expressed concern about his wellbeing while in the custody of the Department of State Services after his demand for an independent medical checkup was rejected.

Kanu’s attorneys, Aloy Ejimakor and Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said despite a court order, his treatment at the DSS remains “harsh, degrading and inhumane”.

During discussions with his attorneys, the IPOB leader also complained about a lack of privacy, which prevented him from reading the legal materials he was provided to review.

He further claimed that the DSS was harassing his attorneys, claiming that when he visited him on July 17, 2021, Ejimakor was held and questioned for hours.

Moreover, he also claims to be confined to a tiny cell for 23 hours a day, without sunlight or social interaction.

The largest Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has criticised the conditions in which Kanu is being held at the Department of State Services detention facility.

“People should have access to him as is supposed to be within the rule that is obtained by the people that are in detention of that kind. But to subject him to suffering like his lawyers are talking about is objectionable,” the spokesman for Ohanaeze, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, said.

When asked about the matter, Peter Afunnaya, DSS spokesman, said they are not likely to make a public statement but said “any aggrieved party(ies) can seek redress as maybe appropriate in law”.

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