IPOB Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in the suit he filed through one of his lawyers, Mr. Maxwell Opara, alleged that a doctor engaged by the security agency had extracted his blood over 21 times.
The IPOB leader bemoaned that despite an order of the court, he had neither been allowed to have a change of clothe nor practice his religion in detention.
Cited as Respondents in the suit markedly FHC/ABJ/CS/1585/21, are the Director General of the DSS, the DSS and the Attorney-General of the Federation.
The suit was supported by an affidavit of urgency 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 Kanu alleged that his demand for the security agency to grant him access to his medical record was repeatedly refused.
The affidavit in support of the suit, a copy of which was sighted by this online news medium, 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 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 praying and/or practicing 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.