IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, Escaped from DSS Custody in Abuja? Fact Emerges

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, Escaped from DSS Custody in Abuja? Fact Emerges

  • Claims have appeared online saying Biafra separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has escaped from DSS custody with case file
  • The posters said the IPOB leader’s alleged escape was "executed with meticulous planning and precision, catching the authorities off guard"
  • A fact-checking platform investigated the claim and shared its findings in a report published on Thursday, June 13

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism in Nigeria.

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.

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

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Biafra/IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu has not escaped from DSS detention
Nnamdi Kanu poses in his house in Umuahia, Abia state, whilst in the southeast. Photo credit: Stefan Heunis
Source: Getty Images

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.

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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.

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It, therefore, ruled the claim "false".

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.