The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has alleged that its leader, Nnamdi Kanu may have been killed in custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful said this in a statement on Monday while reacting to the failure of the secret police to produce the IPOB leader in court earlier in the day, as his trial for alleged treasonable felony resumed before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal Hgh Court, Abuja.
Mr. Powerful bemoaned DSS refusal to allow Kanu access to his doctors, despite his deteriorating health.
He said, “We are no longer comfortable with this development. We have enough grounds to suspect foul play.
“With the failure of DSS to produce our leader in court today without any cogent reason and coupled with the torture meted out to him since his abduction in Kenya, we are worried about the safety of our Leader.
“The failure of DSS to produce our leader in court today confirms our fear over the uncertainty concerning his health.
“Considering his deteriorating health condition since he was kidnapped and the refusal of DSS to grant him access to his personal physicians, it is possible that our Leader may have been killed.”
Mr. Kanu has been remanded in DSS custody by Justice Nyako following hs arraignment after his purported rearrest in Kenya in June.
Though his lawyers say their client was abducted and bundled illegally to Nigeria, without proper extradition proceedings.
The Nigerian government had cited problem of logistics un explaining the failure of the DSS to produce Kanu in court.
Efforts to get Peter Ifunanya, the spokesman of the secret police to comment on the allegation by IPOB were unfruitful as at the time of filing this report.