FG Counters Nnamdi Kanu’s Application To Be Transferred To The Kuje Correction Center
On Monday, the Federal Government filed a counter-affidavit in opposition to Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who requested that he be transferred from the Department of State Services’ custody to the Kuje Correctional Service Center.
In a counter-affidavit, the Federal Government notified the Federal High Court in Abuja that Nnamdi Kanu is being probed for crimes committed after he jumped bail.
The alleged crimes committed by Kanu, according to the FG, bordered on national security.
In the counter-affidavit, FG said, “That there is an ongoing investigation as to other offenses committed by the defendant/applicant while jumping bail.
“That the alleged offenses borders on National security.
“That transferring the defendant/applicant to the Correctional facility will jeopardize the investigation of the offenses.
“That the defendant/applicant does not place anything before this Honourable Court that suggests the medical facility available at the DSS detention is not capable of handling his health issues.
“That the defendant/applicant’s application is capable of delaying the proceedings in this case”.
Kanu complained that he was refused access to his medical doctors in an application filed by his team of attorneys led by Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
He stated that if nothing is done to address his failing health condition, he may die in the custody of the DSS.
He requested that the trial court issue an order, “directing the transfer of the Applicant from the custody of the National Headquarters of the State Security Service to the Nigerian Correctional Service Centre in Kuje, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, where he was initially detained before he was granted bail, pending the determination of the charge”.
Also, “An order of this Honourable Court directing the Defendant/Applicant’s custodian, to grant access to his medical experts/doctors to carry out a comprehensive independent medical examination of the defendant/applicant’s health condition/status, while in custody”.
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It will be recalled that Kanu, whose whereabouts were previously unknown, was returned to the country on June 27 after being apprehended in an unknown location.
Mr. Abubakar M.alami, SAN, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, had asserted that he had lawfully “intercepted” as a consequence of a joint effort by various security services in the country.
Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ejiofor, revealed that his client was unjustly arrested at the airport on June 18 and detained by Kenya’s Special Police Force for eight days before being handed over to their Nigerian equivalent.
Ejiofor claimed that his client was tortured and treated in various sorts of inhumane treatment in Kenya, claiming that the situation aggravated his health.