...Kanu did not betray me -Senator
Senate Minority Leader, Enyinaya Abaribe, has stated that he is ready to stand as surety for the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu under the same circumstances.
Abaribe said this in an interview with TVC on Wednesday.
The Senator who stood surety when the IPOB leader was granted bail in 2017, explained he did that as it was a condition imposed by the court.
According to him, one of the conditions of the court was that the sureties must be a Senator, and as the Chairman of the Southeast Senators Caucus then, he had to offer himself as the surety.
He was also asked if he believes that Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who currently holds the position of Chairman of Southeast Caucus, would agree to stand as surety for Kanu should the need arise but Abaribe said he would not know.
On Kanu, 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 said he did not feel betrayed that Kanu left the country, saying he ran for his life.