Enyinnaya Abaribe has told the Abuja federal high court that he can’t
produced someone tagged as a member of terrorist organisation, in the
person of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
that Senator Abaribe was one of the three persons that stood surety for
the ‘missing’ leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi
Kanu’s whereabouts was still unknown since the men of the Nigerian army invaded his home in Umuahia, Abia State capital.
his disappearance, Kanu who was supposed to appear in court in the
proceeding of his trial was absent, which led the trial judge, Justice
Binta Nyako to order his sureties, Abaribe and two others to appear and
explain the whereabouts of someone they signed surety for.
However, Abaribe had blamed the army for invading Kanu’s home, thereby led to Kanu’s disappearance.
who appeared in court yesterday in the trial proceeding of Kanu, urged
the trial Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja to
compel the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai to pay N10million
to him for the psychological trauma he has gone through following
extra-judicial self-help actions of the Army he said led to Kanu’s
is as the lawmaker had on October 17 prayed the court to revoke the
undertaking he took on behalf of Kanu and discharge him as a surety in
told the court that the Nigerian Army had in the course of military
operations in Abia State from September 11, visited Kanu’s residence,
adding that it was reported in the media that there was shooting and
fracas during the visit.
said: ”Kanu has not been seen again nor reached on phone by the
applicant, neither is he reported in any news media as seen by any
person, nor made any statement on any issue.”
told the court that he “lacks capacity to produce a person stated by
the 1st Respondent to be a member of a terrorist organisation, or any
person whom the 1st Respondent is reported to be interested in his
whereabouts including the aftermath of the military operations in Abia
state which commenced about 11th September, 2017.”
Abaribe is praying the court for, “An order of this honourable court
discharging the applicant as surety of the 1st/2nd respondent, and
discharging the recognizance entered into by the applicant, and to
discharge the applicant from the entire incidence of the bail of Nnamdi
Kanu- the 1st defendant/2nd respondent in charge No.
FHC/Abj/CR/383/2015: Federal Republic of Nigeria v Nnamdi Kanu,
Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawisi.”
following a counter-affidavit that was filed by the federal government,
Justice Nyako maintained that Abaribe must firstly produce Kanu before
he could be allowed to withdraw as a surety in the case.
the matter could not proceed as scheduled on Monday owing to absence of
the trial Judge who however directed the court registrar to give the
parties December 5 return date.