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DSS Detention Is Tough, But Nnamdi Kanu Is Tougher

 DSS Detention Is Tough, But Nnamdi Kanu Is Tougher Going by the excruciating treatments meted to prisoners, inmates and detainees by their ...

 DSS Detention Is Tough, But Nnamdi Kanu Is Tougher

Going by the excruciating treatments meted to prisoners, inmates and detainees by their detaining authority, one would agree with this fact that detention is tough. The ill treatment, solitary confinement, starvation and general inaccessibility to ones Freedom and choices amounts to the painful parts of being in detention. 

Nigerian detention facilities and infrastructures are as depleted and deteriorated as the country itself. An observation at some detention facilities around the country exposes these hard and unfair conditions upon which detainees are being kept.  These inhumane treatments aggravates health conditions of many inmates, worsens their psychological conditions, and at several points leads to deaths of hundreds of inmates in Nigerian detention facilities.

In the same vein, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a prisoner of conscience; who has been discharged and acquitted by Court of Appeal, a court of competent jurisdiction in Abuja, on 13th October, 2022, is undergoing hash and inhumane treatments from the Nigerian Department of State Security(DSS), and the federal government. The DSS have persistently refused to obey the order of court declaring Kanu discharged and acquitted from all charges levelled against him.  As if that was not enough, DSS have continued to maltreat Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, using different guises; Ranging from putting him in solitary confinement, denying him prescribed medication, refusal of access his personal doctor's examination, disallowing him his religious materials, to refusing him his routine meals, and so on. 

These hard and harsh conditions explain the fact that being in detention is very tough, especially that of Nigeria. It is a place unwanted by humans, meant to break hardened individuals, determined personalities, and to soften unyielding individuals by the use of unfair, inhumane and unhealthy treatments.

Against the Nigeria government's expectations, however, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has continued to show his preparedness, resoluteness and resilience to these harsh and unhealthy treatments meted to him even under solitary confinement. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu have continued to prove abortive to these various mechanisms deployed by the DSS and their masters to weaken him physically. He has continued to remain steadfast to his convictions, inspite several tactics used by the enemy to bring him down. 

Indeed, detention is tough but here, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu have continued to show and prove that he's very much tougher and unbreakable to be melted or weakened by these inhumane conditions meted on him. His indefatigable strength and determination has kept baffling the enemies into wondering and pondering on the kind of man they kidnapped, tortured, extraordinarily renditioned and kept in solitary confinement for over a year, yet he remains unbendable. His motivation to remain strong and focused on his cause throws his enemies into confusion and disarray.

Therefore, it is high time the detaining authority, DSS and the federal government gave up on this failed suicidal mission they embarked on, release the IPOB leader unconditionally alongside paying him his compensations as duly ordered by the  United Nations Working Group(UNWG) and Abuja Appellate Court. A stitch in time, saves nine.


By: Oguwuike K. C 

Edited Ogah C S Maduabuchi 

For Family Writers Press International

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