Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered the Department of the State Service (DSS) to allow the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) access to a medical doctor of his own choice while in the custody.
The court held that Kanu is entitled to the medical doctor of his choice as guaranteed under fundamental human rights but added that expenses incurred should be borne by the self-acclaimed Biafran leader
Kanu, in the suit, filed through his team of lawyers led by Prof. Mike Ozekhome, SAN, applied for an order of mandamus to compel the security agency to allow him to have unhindered access to his private physicians.
He had requested the court for an order directing the DSS to allow him enforce his right to access his private medical doctor and health records.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/ 2341/2022, Kanu had sought an order of mandamus compelling the DSS to allow him unhindered access to his medical doctor among other prayers, to conduct an independent examination to ascertain his state of health, as earlier ordered by Justice Nyako, on October 21, 2021, and as required by the express provisions of Section 7 of the Anti-Torture Act, 2017.