Biafra: Abaribe Asks Court Of Appeal To Relieve Him As Kanu’s Surety
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja to relieve him of his surety status in the case of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Sen. Abaribe, a Jewish priest, Immanuel Shalom, and an Abuja-based accountant, Tochukwu Uchendu, were on November 14, 2018, asked by a Federal High Court in Abuja to temporarily forfeit N300m bail bond they entered into for Kanu’s bail.
Kanu is facing trial on a three count-charge bordering on conspiracy to commit treasonable felony and setting up illegal broadcast stations.
He was charged alongside Bright Chimezie, Benjamin Madubugwu and Chidiebere Onwudiwe.
He failed to appear for trial since army operatives raided his home in Abia State on September, 2017.
Abaribe, through his counsel, Chukwu Machukwu-Ume (SAN), had informed the appellate court that under the provisions of Sections 55, 165(3), 167(3) and 488 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) and other provisions of the constitution, a serving senator is legally exempted from standing as surety.