Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday ordered Senator Eyninnaya Abaribe, and two others who are sureties for the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, for his location.
While three of his co-defendants were produced in court by prison officials, Nnamdi Kanu who was granted bail on April 24 2017, was absent in court today, Tuesday 17 of October 2017. Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor told the judge that Kanu was missing as he is in fear of his life, as soldiers have allegedly invaded the IPOB leader’s home on September 14, 2017. In that light, the Nigerian Army should produce the absent IPOB chieftain.
The lawyer of Senator Abaribe, Mr. Ogechi Ogunna, informed the court that his client had filed a motion seeking to be discharged as Nnamdi Kanu’s surety.
Two other sureties of the absent IPOB leader, Immanuel Shalum Okabenmabu and Tochukwu Uchendu, were not present in court as well and had no legal representation.
However, Justice Nyako insisted that senator Abaribe’s motion will not be heard until Nnamdi Kanu is present 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 Ogechi Ogunna replied saying, “he (Abaribe) is not in a position to do any of these.”
However the judge ordered that Abaribe must opt for any of the three options. With the judge’s insistence, Ogechi Ogunna, on behalf of his client Senator Abaribe opted to be given time to produce him.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, noting that Kanu was not present in court, urged the judge to revoke the defendant’s bail, order his re-arrest and direct direct the defendants’ three sureties “to show cause why the bail bond of N100m entered into by each shall not be forfeited or they be committed in prison.
The trial was been adjourned until November 20.