By Clifford Ndujihe
SPECIAL Counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Aloy Ejimakor, has faulted reports that Kanu’s sureties applied to the court to withdraw their suretyship.
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is one the sureties that the Abuja High Court asked to produce the IPOB following his disappearance in 2017 after security agents attacked his Umuahia, Abia State country home.
In a statement, Mr. Ejimakor said: “On the matter of revocation of Kanu’s bail and the consequent Order of bench warrant, I, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, of Counsel to one of the sureties and a Special Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, hereby issue the following statement:
“The reports in the media quoting Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako as stating (when revoking Nnamdi Kanu’s bail on March 28, 2019) that the ‘three sureties who bailed Kanu had applied to the court to withdraw their suretyship’ is inaccurate
“I should know because I represent one of the sureties and we never made such application, or anything close to it.
“On the contrary, the sureties have been fighting to stay on as sureties while pointing to the army invasion of Kanu’s home as the sole and proximate reason for their inability to produce Kanu in Court. That argument is still pending a hearing in a suretyship proceedings that was adjourned sine die at the time of the entry of the Order of bail revocation and the ensuing bench warrant.
“For the foregoing reasons, we are currently studying the record of proceedings of the said March 28 hearing to see whether it will be necessary for the sureties to file fresh processes to protect the integrity of their suretyship relationship with Nnamdi Kanu, which is still valid and subsisting.”