Please I Don't Want To Stand Surety for Nnamdi Kanu Again – Senator Abaribe

Enyinaya Abaribe, the senator representing Abia south, has asked the federal high court to discharge him as a surety of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Senator Abaribe, who stood as surety for the IPOB leader has asked the court to be relieved of that role, and also applied to the court to refund the N100 million bond he earlier agreed to be given as part of Kanu’s bail condition.

It was gathered that Abaribe in his motion, cited what he described as the invasion of Nnamdi Kanu’s residence on September 11, during which a confrontation occurred between IPOB supporters and the Nigerian Army.

According to the motion, Abaribe said Kanu has not been seen since the September clashes between soldiers and IPOB members.

“Since the stated visit of the Nigerian Army to the residence of the first defendant from September 11, 2017, the second respondent in this suit (Mr. Kanu) has not been seen in public, neither has he been reported as making any statement on any issue.

“Since September 20, the reports have been that the federal government has proscribed IPOB, and declared it a terrorist organization.

“The activities of the Nigerian Army as affecting the second defendant are matters of state secret incapable of being unravelled by the applicant, which activities have put the second defendant out of the reach of the applicant, such that the applicant cannot reasonably be expected to produce the second defendant before this court.

“The applicant lacks capacity to produce the person stated by the first respondent (government) as a terrorist or a person who is of interest to the applicant,” Abaribe begged.

Meanwhile, Kanu's lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the court that his whereabouts has been unknown since September 14 after IPOB confrontation with army, claiming that Kanu is in the army’s custody.

The court session is still ongoing as at the time of filing this report.

The embattled leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, was absent in court for his alleged treason trial.