Court to DSS: Allow Kanu watch football in custody


The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to always allow the leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to watch the matches of his favourite football club.

The presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako, who gave the order at the court on Wednesday, said she had already ordered that DSS should give Kanu moderate treatment and care like food, clothing, medicare, among others while in detention.

The development occurred when Kanu’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, complained that the DSS had not been allowing him and other counsel enough time to meet with the IPOB leader whenever they visit him in detention.

Justice Nyako told Kanu that despite her order for him to change his clothes, the IPOB leader continued to put on the same milk-colour designer’s wear.

The judge said though Kanu keeps coming to the court in the same attire, she saw him in the media with another clothes.

The judge then jokingly said she was a Liverpool F.C. fan and asked Ozekhome if he was also a fan of a football club, and Ozekhome answered in affirmative.

He said he was also a fan of Liverpool F.C.

Nyako then asked Kanu if he was a fan of Chelsea Football Club going by the designer’s clothes he keeps wearing to court.

“What is your team?” she asked.

Kanu gently stood up in the dock and said: “My team is Liverpool even from age of seven.”

The judge then told the DSS legal director who was in court to always allow Kanu to watch the matches of his favourite football club.

“You must allow the defendant to watch the matches any day they are playing,” she said, adding that she was going to make an order to that effect.

The DSS official, however, said his office had always given him access to watch television.

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