Nnamdi Kanu Is Our Son, I’m Ready To Stand Surety For Him Again – Senator Abaribe
Nigeria’s Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, says he is ready to stand as surety again for the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, given the same circumstances.
Abaribe stated this during an interview on TVC’s Journalists Hangout.
The lawmaker explained that he stood surety for Kanu because it was a condition imposed by the court.
“There is a difference between jumping bail and escaping for your life. I went back to court and deposed that on the basis of the principle of ‘last seen’, that the last people seen with him were soldiers of the Nigerian army who were invading his father’s residence.
“The judge ultimately ruled that she was revoking bail and issued a warrant of arrest, thereby removing us from the responsibility of providing him,” Abaribe said.
The Senator was then asked if he would be willing to stand surety for Kanu again, if the IPOB leader was offered bail.
He replied, “If the circumstances are the same, then why not?
“The first time, the judge said they needed a Senator to be part of his sureties. So if a judge says that again that they need a Senator, I don’t see why I won’t. I am a Senator and I come from the South-East.
“We can’t run away from our responsibility. He’s our son. He’s from our state (Abia).”
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Abaribe was one of the three persons that stood surety for the bail granted to Kanu who is being prosecuted by the Attorney-General of the Federation’s office on treasonable felony charges.
The IPOB leader was granted bail by Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja in April 2017 after Abaribe and two others agreed to be his sureties with each of them staking N100 million worth of Abuja properties as security for the bail.
But in September of that same year, soldiers invaded Kanu’s home in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, the Abia state capital, creating a window for him to flee the country, first to Israel, and later to the United Kingdom.
In June 2021, the IPOB leader was re-arrested in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria to face charges of treason.
He was subsequently arraigned before Justice Nyako who asked him to be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
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