The D-day is here for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to appear in court, but the possibility that he may not appear has forced a Senator, Enyinaya Abaribe, who had put his pen to paper as a surety, to make a u-turn.

He does not want to be Mr Kanu's surety again.

Abaribe wants to be discharged from the agreement he made on the day the leader of IPOB was freed on bail in April.

The Senator is a representative of Abia South Senatorial District in Abia State, Nnamdi Kanu's State.

He filed an application on Tuesday, against the Federal Government, Nnamdi Kanu, and his co-defendants, requesting that the court should discharge him as surety to Kanu.

'Discharge me entirely from the incidence of Kanu’s bail and the bond used for Kanu’s bail and a refund of 100 million Naira or any other bond paid to the court sequel to the bail,' he requested.

He said his decision to withdraw from the suretyship was based on reports that the Nigerian army during a raid at the residence of the IPOB leader engaged in a fracas with members of the group.

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“Since the afore stated visit of the Nigerian Army to the residence of the first defendant from September 11, 2017, the second respondent in this suit has not been seen again nor reached on phone the applicant neither is he reported in any news media as seen by any person nor made any statement on any issue,” Abaribe said.

He also highlighted that since September 20, the report in the media was that the first respondent (Federal Government) had proscribed IPOB led by Kanu and declared it a terrorist organisation.

“The activities of the Nigerian Army as affecting the first respondent are matters of state secret incapable of being unravelled by the applicant which activities has put the second respondent out of the reach of the applicant such that the applicant cannot reasonably be expected to produce the second respondent before this court at any subsequent date.

"The applicant lacks capacity to produce a person stated by the first respondent to be ma member of a terrorist organization or any person who the first respondent is reported to be interested in his whereabouts in the aftermath of the military operation in Abia state,” Abaribe said in his application.

Others sureties that may have similar view with Senator Abaribe are a Jewish High Chief Priest, Immanuu-El Shalom Okabemadu and a Chartered Accountant, Tochukwu Uchendu.

They stood in for Kanu before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court granted him bail.

Nnamdi Kanu and three others, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe, are facing criminal trial of treasonable felony, conspiracy, and concealing of goods imported into Nigeria.


There are chances that his trial on Tuesday will not hold especially now that Senator Abaribe has opted out of the suretyship.