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Sen. Abaribe to Israeli Govt: Where is Nnamdi Kanu?

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Not aware of bench warrant to arrest him over Kanu


Jude Johnson

The Senator representing Abia South Senatorial District,  Enyinnaya Abaribe, has written the Government of Israel over recent reports that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was spotted in the country.

Abaribe wrote to His Excellency, Enoch Duchi, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Israel, through his lawyer Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN).

The Senator sought to confirm if a Nigerian citizen who is the leader of IPOB has been found in the country after he mysteriously disappeared following a raid on his home by some Nigerian soldiers in 2017.

Abaribe’s letter was titled “Is a citizen of our country Nnamdi Kanu in Israel?”

“We are the counsel to Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe, a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing Abia South Senatorial Zone in the 8th Senate of National Assembly of Nigeria,” read the letter dated November 7, 2018, and which was sighted by The Nation.

“As a pronounced patriot, he recently, against all odds, put live into our constitutional provision of the liberty of an accused as well as eased tension in our polity, by standing surety to Nnamdi Kanu (who is on trial on allegations of treasonable offences in CHARGE No. FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015.)

“In fact, to situate you properly into the salient realities involved in this national tragedy, the Nnamdi Kanu is the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

“On 28th April 2017, the Hon trial Court granted him bail on medical grounds and Sen. Abaribe was one of the three sureties who executed the bail bond for his release.

“Your Excellency would recall that sometimes in 2017, the Nigerian Army High Command announced publicly that they were going to commence a military operation code-named “OPERATION PYTHON DANCE “(EGWU EKE) 11 in the whole of the South East Zone of Nigeria from 15th of September to 14ch of October 2017.”


Abaribe not aware of warrant of arrest

Meanwhile, the Federal High Court in Abuja has reportedly okayed the arrest of Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, amongst others, for allegedly aiding the escape of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, from the country.

Justice John Tsoho, who reportedly ruled in a suit seeking to prosecute those allegedly involved in the IPOB leader’s escape, gave the Department of State Services and the Police the go-ahead to arrest and prosecution of Abaribe and Fani-Kayode, as well as one Tochukwu Uchendu, and Emmanuel Shallom Ben.

But when an online medium, The Whistler,  contacted Senator Abaribe’s media aide, Uche Awom, to speak on the alleged arrest arrant, the aide denied knowledge of the court ruling.

“We are not aware of any court hearing or ruling held on Nnamdi Kanu’s matter today,” said Mr Uche.

“At least if there is going to be court hearing, both parties involved in the matter would have been informed but we are not aware of the ruling,” he said.

Meanwhile, according Daily Post, Justice Tsoho delivered the judgement in a suit by Isiah Ayagu which is seeking an order of mandamus to compel the police and the DSS to arrest and prosecute the said persons.

The Judge was said to have fixed November 22 for further hearing.

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