Senator Enyinaya Abaribe, who served as surety for embattled IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu during his most recent arrest, has explained why he was not arrested despite the fact that Kanu had fled Nigeria while on bail.
While addressing on a TVC program, Journalist Hangout, which was monitored by Green White Green (GWG), the Senate minority leader said he stood surety for the IPOB leader because it was a condition imposed by the court.
According to him, the court mandated that one of the sureties be a Senator, and he had no choice but to give himself as the surety as Chairman of the Southeast Senators Caucus at the time.
Abaribe explained that the court didn’t order his arrest after Kanu flee the country because his counsel was able to argue the case on the basis of the principle of ‘last seen’.
Speaking, Abaribe said;
“He’s our son. He’s from our state (Abia). He (Kanu) said it himself that he ran for his dear life.
“There is a difference between jumping bail and escaping for your life. I went back to court and deposed that on the basis of the principle of ‘last seen’, that the last people seen with him were soldiers of the Nigerian army who were invading his father’s residence.
“The judge ultimately ruled that she was revoking bail and issued a warrant of arrest, thereby removing us from the responsibility of providing him. A lot of people did not understand.”
Abaribe however stated that if permitted one more time, he would still stand surety for the IPOB leader.
He said he did not feel betrayed that Kanu left the country, because “he ran for his life”.