The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied allegations made by lawyers to Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that the detained separatist leader is being maltreated in custody.
Peter Afunanya, the DSS spokesperson, made the rebuttal while speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.
IPOB had separately protested against the perceived maltreatment of its leader in DSS custody, claiming that Kanu has been denied his right to worship, as well as change his clothes, eat proper meals and access to a proper medical doctor.
But reacting, Afunanya said the IPOB leader is enjoying “full luxury” in the DSS facility, insisting that he is been provided with a comfortable treatment in custody that is obtainable anywhere in the country.
The DSS spokesperson described reports of alleged maltreatment of Kanu as “fallacious” and “misinformation”.
He said: “The service denies all the inciting allegations by IPOB and state that Nnamdi Kanu is not in anyway maltreated in custody.
“Accusation of maltreatment negate the services standard operation procedure on the implementation of rights of a suspect.
“Nnamdi Kanu enjoys full luxury in the holding facility in comparable of any of it type anywhere in the country. He is accorded full rights and privileges. He is never denied his rights of worship of freedom from his religious practice.
“The story of Kanu being starved is fallacious. He could not have been starved as he enjoys meals of his choice. That he is not allowed change of clothing is also false. He is regularly allowed change of clothing as against what is presented to the public by IPOB propagandists.
“It is unfortunate that some elements decided to use outright misinformation to represent the state of affairs.”