NIGERIA [Abuja] — One of the sureties to leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, Senators Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South) has put forth an application under the Federal High Court in Abuja requesting compensation of N10 million to him for the mental injury he has experienced following alleged extra-judicial self-help actions of the Army Chief of Staff.
The Senator, who showed up as one of the three sureties for the conditional release to IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, filed the suit ahead of yesterday’s hearing in the trial of the IPOB leader.
At the last deferred date, the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, had requested that Abaribe and orher sureties to show up in court to indicate cause why a seat warrant will not be issued against them.
Justice Nyako did not sit because of the judges’ gathering she was going to in Abuja. She dismissed the trial till December 5.
But in the application filed by Abaribe against the army, he is praying for an order of the court compelling the Chief of Army Staff to show cause why the Attorney General of the Federation should not be compelled to initiate contempt charges against him for his extra-judicial self-help conducts that allegedly frustrated the proceedings and course of administration of justice in the bail and bail bond granted and executed in the trail of Kanu.
The senator said the Chief of Army Staff’s actions ridiculed the court and made its power to appear nugatory as well as placing the applicant in a fixed up position. Abaribe said it was only the army that had the last contact with Kanu that can either produce him or explain the circumstances surrounding his whereabouts.
Abaribe said to his surprise, the army subsequently declared IPOB a terrorist organisation and its members wanted.
He added that all attempts and efforts thereafter made by him to contact Kanu by whatever means failed completely as there was no response and nobody, except the Army, could give any account of him.