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The Department of State Services (DSS) on Sunday reiterated its adherence to a court order, permitting medical professionals to visit the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. However, the DSS clarified that Mr. Kanu would continue to be held in their custody.
On Sunday, a reliable source within the Department of State Services (DSS) asserted that the reports in the media were inaccurate, as Nnamdi Kanu was indeed allowed to consult with his personal doctors. However, it was emphasised that this access are made under the supervision of the Service
Some journalists reported on Saturday that Kanu was permitted to visit an Abuja hospital outside the DSS facility to meet with his personal physicians.
DSS sources revealed that allowing suspects access to medical practitioners while in DSS custody is a standard practice, in accordance with the Service’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
As per information from DSS sources, the IPOB leader was permitted to meet with his personal doctors, and DSS operatives supervised the interaction.
The source stated: ‘Let it be known to all that Kanu’s access to his personal doctors is also in line with the order of Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja.’
It is worth mentioning that the DSS had been offering access to medical services even before the court order was issued.
‘Apart from being routine, Kanu was also granted access to his personal doctors in line with the order of a Federal High Court in Abuja.’
‘Reports that Kanu was released to see his personal doctors is baseless because the access granted him was under the supervision of the DSS.’
‘The DSS is an organization that believes in the rule of law and so, will continue to comply with orders of the court,’ the source said.