A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and two others, who stood surety for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu to account for his whereabouts.
Justice Binta Nyako gave the order at the resumed trial of Kanu and three others yesterday when his (Kanu’s) lawyer Ifeanyi Ejiofor could not explain why his client was absent in court and where he was.
Also ordered to account for Kanu’s whereabouts are Tochukwu Uchendu (a businessman) and Jewish Chief High Priest, Immanuel -El Shalom Oka-Ben Madu.
- The judge gave the order in a ruling she delivered after the prosecution demanded that Kanu’s sureties are made to produce him and the IPOB leader’s lawyer denied knowledge of his whereabouts.
- The judge said, “The sureties are to show cause why he is not in court and why I should not issue a bench warrant against him.
- “The second surety (Senator Abaribe) will only be recused or excused from the bail suretyship when the 1st defendant is produced or if he decides to forfeit his bail bond.”
- “The prison authorities are hereby directed to allow the medical doctor of the 4th defendant access to his prison records and treatment following laid down prison procedure. I will extend this to the 3rd defendant.”
- Kanu and three other members of his group are being tried on a five-count charge of treason related offences.
- The court, however, granted only Kanu bail on health grounds on April 25.
- Abaribe, Uchendu and Madu stood surety for him to guarantee his continued attendance of court until the trial is concluded, failing which they would forfeit the N100million bond they each signed or be committed to prison until Kanu is found.
- Others being tried with Kanu are Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.