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Nnamdi Kanu raises alarm over alleged death in detention conspiracy



Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, with his lawyers and others during his trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Nnamdi Kanu, the incarcerated leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), claims there was a plan to kill him while in detention.

Kanu, who was denied bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja, has asked to be relocated to Kuje jail due to serious health problems.

Speaking after the bail denial, Kanu suspects a plan to kill him, citing a lack of competent medical treatment. Kanu’s health concerns reflect bigger difficulties in confinement institutions, as he faces seven counts of treasonable felony.

He claims to have congestive heart failure and demands surgery, which the Department of State Services (DSS) purportedly denies owing to limited medical facilities.

Kanu’s swelling foot and failing physical state exacerbate his request for a transfer to Kuje Prison. Concerns about his health raise questions about the conditions under which detainees are housed and the sufficiency of medical care within detention facilities.

He said, “People will come to see me; they will not allow them. They don’t have the medical facility. I have congestive heart failure; they are patching me up.

“My foot is swollen. I asked them to conduct surgery, and they said they couldn’t.

“There is a conspiracy for me to die in detention. I want to be transferred to Kuje.”

Kanu is facing a seven-count treasonable felony indictment brought against him by the federal government.