IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Escaped From DSS Custody In Abuja? Fact Emerges

Report fact-checks claim about Nnamdi Kanu’s alleged escape from DSS custody

FCT, Abuja – Some posts on the social networking site, Facebook, claim that Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has escaped from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja.

Naturenex reports that Kanu had been held at the DSS facility in Abuja since June 2021.

Although he has been brought to court multiple times, Nigerian authorities are yet to grant him freedom or possibly imprison him for alleged offences against the country.

The Facebook post reads:

“Breaking news: Nnamdi Kanu escapes from DSS custody with case file.

“According to reliable sources, Kanu’s escape was executed with meticulous planning and precision, catching the authorities off guard. Details surrounding the escape remain murky, with speculation ranging from insider assistance to external support.”

Similar posts can also be found here and here.

But has the IPOB leader truly escaped from DSS custody? A fact-checking platform, Africa Check, investigated.

Following its scrutiny, the media platform said if Kanu had managed to escape from custody, it would have been in the news. No credible media outlet reported the said escape.

It, therefore, ruled the claim “false”.


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