Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe in an amended seven grounds notice of appeal filed by his lawyer, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN), has urged the appellate court to relieve him of the role of surety for Kanu.
Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe has told the Court of Appeal in Abuja that his standing surety for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, is illegal.
Abaribe and two others had stood as sureties for Kanu before he was granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja on April 25, 2017.
The senator in a document made available to the jounalists asked the court to set aside the previous order by the federal high court in Abuja, which gave them two months ultimatum of to pay the amount of N100m bond for their inability to produce the Biafran activist.
We recall that on November 14 2018, the federal high court had in a ruling, held that senator Abaribe and two others owe the court the duty of producing the leader of the Indegenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu whose absence since 2017 has halted his trial on charges of treasonable felony.
But the senator had also filed a brief of argument to challenge the Federal High Court’s decisions.
Relying on sections 55, 165(3), 167(3) and 488 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, and other provisions of the constitution, Ume argued that a public officer such as 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 must present in April 2017.
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