Barrister Vincent Obetta, lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in a statement today announced that Nnamdi Kanu the embattled Director of Radio Biafra is not in any way sick and has not been tortured by the Department of State Services, DSS.
This is contrary to media reports allergedly made by his family that his health status was deteriorating.
The full statement of Obetta on the heakth staus of Kanu is below:
“I would like to say that as a solicitor and advocate of the federal republic of Nigeria, I have sworn to an oath, to defend the defenceless and above all, to say the truth and be fair to all, at all material times.
Having said that, I must add that I have been inundated with calls and I also read in several mediums, all manner of ruse about my client; that he has been tortured by the DSS, transferred to a more deadly cell, and also that he has been critically ill.
I am still wondering where such information came from. I can authoritatively say that apart from the British government‘s team that visited him (Nnamdi kanu) last year, I am, and have been the only one who has been privileged to have access (though limited) to him and all through my visits, there has not been any overt or covert situation pointing to a case of torture on him by the authority of the DSS. He is neither sick nor have fallen sick since his incarceration on the 14th October, 2015.
During my last visit, 14th January, 2016, we had robust and cheerful discussions even with his captors. He was also in good health, full of life and in high spirits contrary to the media reportage that he is being tortured, has been sick and broken.
The media should do more in the area of investigative journalism before going to the tabloid.”