Trouble yet for Abaribe as Court insists senator must produce Kanu

OrderPaperToday – There seems to be troubled days ahead yet for Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia) as the order of the Abuja Division of Federal High Court that he produces the eloped leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, subsists.

The trial of Kanu was however adjourned till December 15 as a result of the absence of the Judge, Justice Binta Nyarko, who is currently engaged at a judicial function from away from the court.

Recall that Abaribe had appealed to the court on October 17 to relieve him as one of the sureties to the missing IPOB leader. The senator is one of the three persons standing as sureties for the bail granted to Kanu on April 24.

The other two are: a Jewish priest, Immanuu-El Shalom, and an accountant and Abuja resident, Tochukwu Uchendu.

The trial judge, Justice Binta had ordered Abaribe and the two other sureties to appear in court to explain the IPOB leader’s whereabouts in the resumed trial slated for Monday, November 20, 2017.

She denied the request by the lawmaker and gave three options; to produce Kanu before he could be discharged as surety, forfeit the N100m bond or request for more time to produce the secessionist leader.

The secessionist leader was reported to have flouted his bail terms and ran into hiding when he sensed intensified moves by the Nigerian military to apprehend him.

He was last seen September 14.

On Monday, Abaribe appeared at the premises of the court at about 9:45am but met the absence of the judge.

Speaking with journalists however, the lawmaker said the military unsettled Kanu.

According to him, Kanu’s whereabouts remains unknown to him.

He added that it was on the basis of that uncertainty that he filed an application to withdraw himself as a surety.

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