Senate Minority Leader, Enyinaya Abaribe, has said if given the same circumstances, he would not hesitate to stand as surety for the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
He made this known on Wednesday during an interview on TVC’s Journalists Hangout.
The Senator who stood surety for Kanu when he was arraigned said it was a condition imposed by the court and the court ordered that one of the sureties must be a Senator, and as the Chairman of the Southeast Senators Caucus then, he had to offer himself.
Abaribe was 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 (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 said he did not feel betrayed that Kanu left the country, saying he ran for his life.
When asked whether Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who is now the Chairman of Southeast Caucus, would agree to stand as surety for Kanu if need be, Abaribe said he would not know.