In his frantic efforts to extricate himself from the consequences of the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to visit the Abia State home of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Abaribe, one of the three sureties of the missing IPOB leader, has been ordered by the court to ensure he produces Kanu, who is facing trial on treasonable offence with others, or face the consequences.
The matter was on Tuesday adjourned by the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako till February 20, 2018.
However, Senator Abaribe, who still has his motion seeking the court’s order to compel the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce Kanu, still pending in court, on December 4, 2017, filed a fresh motion on the matter.
In his latest motion, the lawmaker is praying the court to visit Kanu’s home allegedly invaded by soldiers in Abia State in September.
Counsel to the senator, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN), who filed the motion, called on the court to visit and make physical inspection of Nnamdi Kanu’s residence, at Isiama, Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia Abia State. Adding that he was subsequently arrested and “taken away” by the “Nigerian Army.”
Abaribe argued as part of the grounds for the motion that Kanu was at his residence before and all through the period of September 11 to 14, 2017 at his Abia home when the house was allegedly invaded by soldiers.
“Applicant’s agent has been severally prevented by agents of the Nigerian Army (6th respondent) as well as other security agents from accessing the residence of Kanu at (Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku ) as to show the court the characters of the invasion and occupation of Kanu and the eventual arrest and taking away of Kanu by the staff and agents of the Army.
“The applicant is desirous of the court seeing and examining Kanu’s residence which has been stated as an evidence before the court. The application will help the court and indeed the applicant in the determination of his application before this court,” Ume said.
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