February 26, 2024

Court grants IPOB leader access to medical doctor of choice

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted the request of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, permission to access the medical doctor of his choice while in the custody of the State security service.

The court held that Kanu is entitled to the medical doctor of his choice however added such expenses should be borne by the applicant (Kanu).

Justice Nyako revealed this on Thursday, 20th July, 2023.

He held the opinion that Kanu, while under the investigative custody of the DSS, is legally entitled to medical examination. However, he maintained that the cost is solely bared by him.

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Kanu, in the suit he filed through his team of lawyers led by Prof. Mike Ozekhome, SAN, has applied for an order of mandamus to compel the security agency to allow him to have unhindered access to his private physicians.

The plaintiff had requested the court for an order of mandamus directing him access to the medical doctor and records.

Consequently, the court held that Kanu is entitled to his medical record and the DSS should not interfere with this right.

The court further held that medical examination of Kanu outside the facility of DSS should be supervised by Kanu’s team of medical doctors and the reports should be sealed for security purposes.

While ruling on the application justice Nyako said that the “the Application on the whole succeeds and is hereby granted”.

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