Minority Leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has declared that he will still stand as surety for the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu in court if given the opportunity.
It would be recalled that Abaribe, alongside Immanuel El-Shalom, a Jewish high priest, and Tochukwu Uchendu, a chartered accountant, stood surety for Kanu when he was granted bail on April 27th 2017 after spending over a year in detention.
Kanu however had to flee for his life after the Nigerian military invasion of his home in Abia state in September 2017. In spite of this, the courts had to revoke Kanu’s bail and then threatened Abaribe with a jail term if he failed to produce Kanu.
On June 27, 2021, Kanu was rearrested in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria on June 29.
Abaribe spoke with a broadcast station on Wednesday, July 21, where he said he would not hesitate to stand as a surety for Kanu again. He explained that he stood surety for Kanu when the IPOB leader was arraigned because it was a condition imposed by the court.
According to him, the court ordered that one of the sureties must be a Senator and as the Chairman of the Southeast Senators Caucus then, he had to offer himself as the surety.
“He’s our son. He’s from our state (Abia). He (Kanu) said it himself that he ran for his dear life.
“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. A lot of people did not understand” he said
Abaribe pointed out he did not feel betrayed that Kanu left the country, saying he ran for his life.