Nnamdi Kanu Absent In Court As Judge Stalls Abaribe’s Motion To Be Discharged As Surety
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has ordered Senator representing Abia-South Senatorial District of Abia State, Eyninnaya Abaribe, and two others standing as sureties for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to explain the leader’s whereabouts.
At a ruling presided over by Justice Binta Nyako on Tuesday, Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had informed the judge that Kanu had been missing after soldiers allegedly invaded the IPOB leader’s home? on September 14, 2017, adding that the Nigerian Army was in the best position to produce the defendant.
However, a lawyer, who appeared for Senator Abaribe, also informed the judge ?that his client had filed a motion seeking to be discharged as Kanu’s surety.
Meanwhile, the two other sureties, Immanuel Shalum Okabenmabu and Tochukwu Uchendu, were absent from court and not represented by any lawyer..
?But Justice Nyako, said Abaribe’s motion could not be heard until Kanu was produced in court.
The judge gave the senator three options.
One of the options was for Abaribe to produce the defendant in court and then apply to be discharged as a surety.
The other option the judge gave was for Abaribe to be ready to forfeit his N100m bail bond.
The third option ?was for Abaribe to request to be given time to produce the defendant in court.
But Ogunna replied saying, “he (Abaribe) is not in a position to do any of these.”
However, the judge insisted tha?t Abaribe must opt for one of the three options.
With the judge’s insistence, Ogunna opted to be given time to produce him.
The trial was adjourned till November 20.