Vincent Obetta, the lawyer to the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, has contrary to ill reports making the round stated that Mr kanu is in high spirits in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Grapevines had it that the health status of Mr Kanu, the Director of Radio Biafra was deteriorating as he was being tortured by the DSS.
Contrary to these reports, Mr Obetta in a statement said Kanu is in high spirits not minding the fact that he is in custody.
The statement said: “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.”
In the interim, the federal government will re-arraign Kanu before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, today (Monday), January 18, on charges of terrorism.
In December, Kanu refused to take his plea before Ahmed Mohammed, justice of the federal high court, Abuja, prompting the judge to withdraw from the case.
He will now be arraigned before another judge at the same court on Monday.
Kanu is currently facing a six-count charges bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism alongside Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawusi.