Enyinnaya Abaribe, a senator representing Abia-South Senatorial District of Abia State, who was arrested on June 22, 2018, by security operatives, suffered a setback at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, as Justice Binta Nyako turned down a request for his release.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer to Abaribe, argued that the arrest was illegal and unconstitutional. However, Justice Nyako said she could not order the senator’s release because she was not the one who ordered his arrest and was unfamiliar with the circumstances resulting in his arrest.
Abaribe is one of three sureties for Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who was granted bail in April 2017 but went missing in September 2017 following an operation by the Army at his home.
Abaribe’s lawyer accused the Army of kidnapping him, an allegation that has been denied.
Recall that at the previous hearing on Kanu’s case, Justice Nyako had ordered all the sureties, including Sen. Abaribe to produce Mr Kanu or go to jail. But a few days to the trial, Abaribe was arrested by security operatives for alleged links with the IPOB members. Since his arrest, he has neither been released nor charged to court.
Abaribe who was escorted to the court by security operatives was not allowed to talk to journalists after the matter. The situation resulted in a protest, with IPOB members demanding his release.
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