- Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe (Abia, PDP) blamed Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff over the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader
- Abaribe was one of the three persons that stood surety for the ‘missing’ IPOB leader
- He, however, sought for N10 million from Army over Kanu’s disappearance
Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe who is representing Abia South Senatorial District on Monday, November 20, told a Federal High Court in Abuja that the unknown whereabouts of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu was caused by Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff.
Vanguard reports that Abaribe said Buratai was aware of the pending charges against Kanu when he allegedly deployed soldiers to “forcefully and violently” invade the IPOB leader’s home in Afaraukwu Ibeku-Umuahia, in Abia state on September 14.
In a fresh motion filed by his counsel, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN) before the court, Abaribe accused Buratai of frustrating his role as a surety for the bail granted to Kanu by the court.
When Abaribe earlier filed a motion seeking to be discharged as Kanu’s surety, the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, ruled on October 17 that the senator could not withdraw his surety-ship until Kanu was produced before the court, thus ordering him to explain the IPOB leader’s whereabouts.
The senator said he chose to be Kanu’s surety out of “patriotic consideration of assisting the judicial process to defuse the tension already generated in the polity”.
While Abaribe was present in court yesterday, Kanu, who is being prosecuted alongside others on charges bordering on treasonable felony, was absent for the second time after the alleged invasion of his home in Abia state by soldiers on September 14, since when he had been declared missing by his family.
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In the fresh motion, Abaribe asked the court to grant an order directing the chief of army staff to explain to the court why the attorney-general of the federation should not “be compelled to initiate contempt charges/proceedings against him for his extra-judicial self-help conducts”.
He also asked the court to order the payment of N10m to him for the psychological trauma he has gone through following the extra-judicial self-help actions of the army chief of staff.
At the resumed sitting on Monday, November 20, Justice Nyako did not sit due to the Judges conference she was attending in Abuja and the matter was thereafter adjourned to December 5th for hearing.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the World Igbo Youth Congress accused Governor Ikpeazu and Senator Abaribe of aiding Kanu to escape from Nigeria.
The group urged the federal government to order the two to provide the IPOB leader whose whereabouts has remained a mystery.
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