IPOB: Abaribe Files Motion Seeking Court’s Visit to Kanu’s Abia Residence

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)

Alex Enumah in Abuja

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, one of the sureties of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has filed an application requesting Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja to pay a visit to the residence of Kanu in Isiama Afaraukwu,  Abia State and inspect the aftermath of the military invasion.

The motion dated December 4, 2017, and filed on his behalf by his counsel,  Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN) was brought pursuant to section 6 (6) a) (b); 36 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, and Sections 177 (1) & 179 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.

The applicant in the motion is seeking an order granting leave of court to visit and make physical inspection of the incidences of the invasion and occupation of Kanu’s residence (at Isiama, Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia Abia State) from September 11 to 14, 2017, and the eventual arrest and taking away of Kanu by the Nigerian Army.

The motion is predicated on the grounds that Kanu was at his residence before and all through September 11 to 14, 2017 at Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku.
“The applicant is desirous of the court seeing and examining Kanu’s residence which has been stated as an evidence before the court.

Abaribe argued that the application would help the court and indeed the applicant in the determination of his application before this court.
“The applicants application cannot be determined or resolved by mere documents as described on the exhibits before the court but physical inspection of the said property.

In an affidavit deposed to by one Deborah Warrie, in support of the motion, the applicant stated that it was  out of patriotic consideration of assisting the judicial process to defuse the high tension already generated in the polity and with full convictions that Kanu was carrying on his activities within the limits and confines of the constitution, that Abaribe (applicant) offered to stand surety for Kanu and entered into a recognisance and executed the bail bond.
The affidavit averred that since the release of Kanu from prison custody, he was last seen and known to be in his residence at Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State.

It was stated: ”That sometimes in 2017 or thereabouts, the Nigerian Army High Command on the instructions of the Chief of Army Staff announced publicly that they were going to commence a military operation exercise code named  operation  python dance in the whole of South- east from September 15 to October 14.

“That although the invasion took place three months ago, there are still many physical reminders of the invasion and a site visit is the best and most expedient way to convey to this court the necessary information regarding the environs, spatial configurations, and physical character of the locations of the invaded property, which information cannot be adequately conveyed through the presentation of oral testimony or topographical maps alone.”

The deponent said the forceful military invasion of Kanu’s residence resulted in frustrating the bail bond of Abaribe.
She added that a visit to locus quo would enable the court to get evidence surrounding the facts of the suit.
Meanwhile, the application was not moved because the trial judge, Justice Nyako, did not sit, and the matter was adjourned to February 20, 2018.