The Coalition of South-East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) has accused the Nigerian government of denying detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, access to medical treatment as part of the plan to kill him.
KEMI FILANI NEWS had reported that Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer to the IPOB leader, said Kanu has been diagnosed with gastrointestinal disorder following persistent heartburn.
President General of COSEYL, Goodluck Ibem, in a statement on Wednesday, said the Department of State Services (DSS) should not be seen as a lawbreaker, adding that such impunity encourages lawlessness.
The statement read, “It is very alarming that the DSS that is a creation of the law that derives her powers from the law, will so blatantly disobey a court order preventing Nnamdi Kanu free access to his medical doctor for treatment.
“If the DSS has no regard and respect for court orders,” it queried, “from where did they derive their powers to detain him? Are they trying to tell Nigerians that they are detaining him without the order of the court?”
“We are asking these pertinent questions because the actions of DSS to disobey court orders goes a long way to tell us that they are detaining Nnamdi Kanu by their own order and not by the order of the court.
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“The DSS has no right or powers to determine which court order to obey and the ones not to obey. They are mandated by law to obey all court orders.
“Maybe we need to remind the DSS that we are in a democratic system of government where people’s fundamental human rights and privileges must be respected to the letter. The intentional disobedience of court orders by DSS is an insult to our hard-earned democracy and we demand that it must stop forthwith.
“We call on the DSS to immediately allow Mazi Nnamdi Kanu free access to his medical doctors and family members as directed by the court. The actions of the DSS are putting our hard-earned democracy in great danger.
“When a goat is opening the pot of soup to steal from it, the kid of the goat watches and learns from the mother. The DSS is teaching Nigerians how to disobey the law and court orders. If all Nigerians start disobeying the law and court orders like the DSS is teaching Nigerians to do, anarchy will set in and there will be no country to call our own.”