Buratai Responsible For Kanu’s Disappearance, Should Be Charged For Contempt Of Court – Sen. Abaribe Tells Court

Buratai Responsible For Kanu’s Disappearance, Should Be Charged For Contempt Of Court  – Sen. Abaribe Tells Court

The Senator representing Abia South, Eyinnaya Abaribe, has accused General Buhari’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt .- Gen . Tukur Buratai, of frustrating his role as a surety for the bail granted the popular leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, by an Abuja High Court presided over  by Binta Nyako.

Sen Abaribe stated this in a fresh motion he filed before the court where he and Kanu’s two other sureties had been ordered to explain the IPOB leader’s whereabouts.

The senator had earlier filed a motion seeking to be discharged as Kanu’s surety, but Justice Binta Nyako had directed, during the previous proceedings on October 17, 2017 , that the senator could not withdraw his surety -ship until Kanu was produced before the court .

Kanu, who is being prosecuted alongside others on charges bordering on treasonable felony, was on Monday absent from court for the second time after the ferocious invasion of his home in Abia State by soldiers on September 14 , since when he had been declared missing by his family.

He stated in his fresh motion filed through his lawyer, Chukwuma -Machukwu Ume ( SAN), on November 17, 2017 that he should not be held responsible for the unavailability of Kanu to attend court for his trial, saying that Kanu’s disappearance was caused by the “whimsical, capricious, subversive and extra- judicial self- help ” embarked upon by Buratai and his soldiers who invaded Kanu’s home..

The senator maintained that Buratai was aware of the pending charges against Kanu when he deployed soldiers to “forcefully and violently ” invade the IPOB leader’s home in Afaraukwu Ibeku - Umuahia, in Abia State on September 14 , 2017 .

He noted that the conducts of Lt. Gen Buratai on the deployment of the soldiers were with “most probable effect” of preventing him ( Kanu) from attending court to continue his trial.

He said he opted to be Kanu’s surety out of “patriotic consideration of assisting the judicial process to defuse the tension already generated in the polity”.

His lawyer, Ume , argued in the motion that Gen. Buratai’s “extra -judicial self- help conduct obviously frustrated the proceedings and course of administration of justice in the bail and bail bond granted and executed in Charge No. FHC / ABJ / CR / 383 / 2015.”

The lawyer maintained that the “actions have brought the honourable court to some ridicule and its power appears nugatory as well as being placed in a fixed up position .”

The senator, therefore , sought in the fresh motion , an order directing the Chief of Army Staff to explain to the court why the Attorney- General of the Federation should not “be compelled to initiate contempt charges / proceedings against him (Gen. Buratai)for his extra- judicial self - help conducts ”

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