Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has claimed that the Department of State Services (DSS) has taken his blood sample multiple times.
Kanu said this as he dragged DSS before the Federal High Court in Abuja – accusing it of grossly violating his fundamental human rights.
Also joined in the suit is Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation.
“My blood has been taken more than 21 times”, the IPOB Leader in the suit he filed through one of his lawyers, Maxwell Opara, alleged that a doctor engaged by the security agency has extracted his blood over 21 times.
Kanu lamented that despite an order of the court, he has neither been allowed to have a change of clothing nor to practice his religion in detention.
The suit was supported by an affidavit of urgency that was deposed to by Kanu’s younger brother, Emmanuel.
Briefing newsmen shortly after he filed the suit, Opara said when he visited the DSS detention facility last Thursday, the IPOB leader complained to him that he suspected the doctor extracting his blood to be a quack.
He said that Kanu alleged that his demand for the security agency to grant him access to his medical record was repeatedly refused.
The affidavit, a copy of which was sighted by Vanguard, read in part: “The Applicant is a Nigerian citizen who is entitled to the enjoyment of the fundamental rights enshrined in chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and Article 5 and 8 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap A9 Vol. 1 LFN.
“The Respondents have deprived the Applicant access to facility and material to practice his faith and ultimately prevented the Applicant from practising his faith, and the aforesaid constitute a breach of the Applicant’s right to practice his religion.
“The Respondents prevented the Applicant from having access to a medical practitioner and legal practitioner of his choice.
“The Respondent subjected the Applicant to solitary confinement which is a form of mental and physical torture and as such subjects the Applicant to inhuman and degrading treatment and in turn constitutes a violation of Section 34(1)(a) Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended and Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and People Rights (Ratification and enforcement) Act Cap A9 Vol. 1 LFN.
“The Applicant’s right not to be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment and torture/humiliation is enshrined in Section 34(1)(a) Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended and Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and People Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap A9 Vol. 1 LFN.”