Lawmaker representing Abia South Senatorial District, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has insisted he would stand surety again for the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, given the same circumstances.
Abaribe stated this on Wednesday during an interview on TVC’s Journalists’ Hangout.
The Senate Minority Leader explained that he stood surety for Kanu because it was a condition imposed by the court.
According to the lawmaker, the court ordered that one of the sureties must be a Senator, and as the Chairman of the South-East Senators Caucus then, he had to offer himself.
When asked whether Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who is now the Chairman of Southeast Caucus, would agree to stand as sure for Kanu should the need arise, Abaribe said he would not know.
Abaribe said: “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.”
The senator was then asked if he would be willing to stand surety for Kanu again, if the IPOB leader was offered bail.
He replied: “If the circumstances are the same, then why not?
“The first time, the judge said they needed a Senator to be part of his sureties. So if a judge says that again that they need a Senator, I don’t see why I won’t. I am a Senator and I come from the South East.
“We can’t run away from our responsibility. He’s our son. He’s from our state.”