One of the sureties who secured bail for Nnamdi
Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), Mr Tochukwu Uchendu,
has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to order Kanu’s arrest.
Uchendu filed the application demanding the arrest of Kanu through his
counsel, Mr Frank Chude.
The two other sureties are Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe and Mr Ben El
Shalom, a Jewish priest.
When the matter was called on Monday, the prosecuting counsel, Mr
Shuiabu Labaran, told the court that the proceeding for the day was
for the three sureties to show cause why the N300 million bail bond
should not be forfeited to the Federal Government.
This according to Labaran was because the three sureties had failed to
produce Kanu in court to defend the charge against him.
Uchendu said that the motion was brought pursuant to Section 174(A)
and (B), 177, and 179 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act
2015, and Section 36I and 6(6) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The counsel predicated his motion on the grounds that the court had
granted Kanu bail on April 25, 2017 and that since then his
whereabouts was unknown.
An affidavit deposed to by Uchendu, stated that after the invasion of
Kanu’s residence by the Nigerian Army on Sept. 14, 2017, he had not
been seen in public.
“I am unable to communicate with the 1st defendant and his whereabouts
is unknown to me,” the counsel deposed.
In the same vain, Abaribe and El Shalom, the other sureties, filed
separate applications challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the
order for them to show cause.
Both applications were filed and served on the prosecuting counsel,
however, Kanu’s counsel, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, objected to the motion to
show cause from being heard on the grounds that he was not served the
Meanwhile, Justice Binta Nyako has ordered the Department of State
Security Service (DSS) to allow Abaribe access to his lawyers.
The order was sequel to an oral application made on his behalf by his
lawyer, Mr Chukwuma Umeh, (SAN), praying the court to order the
release of Abaribe.
Abaribe was arrested by the DSS on June 22 for undisclosed reasons but
Umeh told the court that his client was arrested for his role in the
While stating that Abaribe since his arrest had been incommunicado, he
held that his arrest was capable of jeopardizing the trial.
He, therefore, urged the court to order the release of Abaribe from DSS custody.
The judge, however, said that since the arrest of Abaribe was not a
matter before her, there was nothing the court could do about it.
She added that in such a situation, Abaribe’s counsel ought to know
the next step to take.
Following the appeal by Abaribe’s counsel, Justice Nyako requested for
the DSS official who brought Abaribe to court and ordered that he be
allowed access to his lawyers.
“Allow him have access to his counsel, you cannot hold him
incommunicado. No matter the reason for his arrest, as a court of
justice, all I can do is ask you to allow him access to his lawyers.”
Justice Nyako adjourned the matter until Nov. 14, after the court’s
annual vacation to hear the applications.