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BIAFRA: I CAN NO LONGER BE SURETY TO NNAMDI KANU – ABARIBE TELLS APPEAL COURT

Posted by on January 11, 2019>



Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe has knowledgeable the Court of Appeal in Abuja that his standing surety for the chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, is prohibited.

Abaribe, in an amended seven grounds uncover of attraction filed by his lawyer, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN), urged the appellate courtroom to alleviate him of the place of surety for Kanu.

In the doc made accessible to journalists in Abuja yesterday, Abaribe moreover requested the Appeal Court to place apart the November 14, 2018 order of the Federal High Court in Abuja which gave him and two others a two-month ultimatum to, each pay N100m bond for his or her lack of potential to produce the Biafran activist.

Recall that Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, had in her November 14, 2018 ruling, held that Abaribe and the two totally different sureties owed the courtroom the duty of producing Kanu, whose absence since 2017 has halted his trial on prices of treasonable felony.

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But the senator had moreover filed a wanting argument to downside the Federal High Court’s alternatives.

Relying on sections 55, 165(3), 167(3) and 488 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, and totally different provisions of the construction, Ume argued {{that a}} public officer much like a senator was legally exempted from standing surety for a suspect.

The Senator’s lawyer blamed the Federal High Court for making a senator to be part of the sureties Kanu ought to present in April 2017.

Ume said, “The honourable trial court failed and or refused to take judicial notice” of the associated provisions of the ACJA and the Nigerian construction.

“Thus the honourable trial courtroom had not carried out the needful beneath the regulation, in every other case it is going to have found that by regulation, the appellant (a senator) is legally exempted, ab initio from giving security for the good conduct or behaviour of a suspect.

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“It is trite regulation that the place a sound Act or regulation clearly states one factor, it is not all through the powers of the courtroom to go reverse to it.
“We, therefore, can see that the involvement of Senator Abaribe in the whole bail and surety quagmire was invalid, ab initio.”

Abaribe and two others had stood as sureties for Kanu sooner than he was granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja on April 25, 2017.

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