Senator Abaribe Was Arrested For ‘Aiding And Abetting IPOB’ – Counsel

From Deji Elumoye in Abuja
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s Lawyer, Mr.
Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, SAN, has said his
client was picked up by operatives of the
Department of State Services, DSS, for
allegedly aiding and abetting the proscribed
Independent People of Biafra, IPOB.

Addressing a news conference on Saturday in
Abuja, Ume claimed he got to know about
Abaribe’s offence when the DSS operatives
stormed his client’s residence on Friday
evening.

He said when the security operatives shortly
after arresting Abaribe on Friday stormed his
Apo residence to conduct a search, “I
specifically requested to know if they had a
search warrant and they answered in the
affirmative.”

“At that point, they showed me a search
warrant signed by one Magistrate Kutigi and
on the warrant it was written that my client
was arrested for allegedly aiding and abetting
the proscribed Independent People of Biafra,
IPOB.”

According to him, the operatives refused to
give him a copy of the search warrant but
only went ahead to do a thorough house
search from 5pm to 11.30pm during which
everything in the house was turned upside
down.

Said he: “They claimed to be searching for
arms and ammunition at my client’s house
with him in attendance but at the end of their
search no arm or ammunition or Ghana Must
Go Bag was found there.

“What they succeeded in finding in the House
were only 23 items including three laptops
and phones which were all documented and
signed for by the leader of the operatives.

They refused to release the laptops one of
which contained question paper for an
examination to be taken on Monday and the
phones, one of which belong to an American
citizen”.

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He said the security operatives had denied
him and his client’s doctor access to him up
till Saturday morning adding,”we made efforts
for bus to see my client because he needs to
have access to his drugs but we were turned
back so as we speak he remains
incommunicado.”

Ume said he would approach the court “if by
Monday his client was not released, to press
for the enforcement of his fundamental rights
“.

He also said that his client who stood surety
for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of outlawed IPOB at
an Abuja High Court, is expected to be in
court at the next hearing of the case on
Tuesday, June 26 “but with this arrest I will
have to inform the court about his arrest.”
Ume warned government not to stifle
opposition saying, “because I belief my client
is being hunted because of his opposing views
like other senators like Dino Melaye, Shehu
Sani who have been critical of the policies of
the present administration.”
Source:- Thisdaylive

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