By Mike Ubani
The pan Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze, has demanded immediate release of Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe, arrested in Abuja on Friday at Transcorp Hilton, Maitama, by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
In a press statement yesterday, Ohanaeze President-General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, linked Senator Abaribe’s arrest to the disappearance of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOP), Nnamdi Kanu, arguing that only security agencies can disclose his whereabouts.
Kanu’s Afara-Ibeku, Umuahia residence was last November invaded by the army operating under the banner of “Operation Python Dance” and since then Kanu’s whereabouts has remained a mystery.
Senator Abaribe, who represents Abia South senatorial district in the Senate, had before the army invasion taken Kanu on bail following his trial by a Federal High Court on charges of treasonable felony
Chief Nwodo argues that the prevailing circumstances at the time of Kanu’s disappearance are beyond the contemplation of the law that a surety can guarantee the production of an accused person.
According to him, Kanu may have been killed or captured during the invasion of his residence, or even escaped into hiding, insisting that it is the responsibility of security agencies to disclose the whereabouts of the IPOB leader.
He accused the judiciary of always dancing to the tune of the executive in matters affecting the South-East.
The statement reads: “The circumstances prevailing at the time of the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu are beyond the contemplation of the law that a surety can guarantee the production of an accused person.
“The army in the name of “Operation Python Dance” invaded Nnamdi’s home and destabilized normalcy there.
“It is only the security agency that can disclose Nnamdi’s whereabouts. Senator Abaribe has no capacity, nor has any surety in the circumstances to know the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu. What happened in Umahia was an invasion, a war of a kind.
“Nnamdi may have been killed or captured in the imbroglio or even escaped into hiding. The onus lies on the security forces to disclose his whereabouts.
“The judiciary is beginning to tow the line of the executive by throwing the law overboard in matters that affect the South East.
We are all equal before the law. Senator Abaribe must be released forthwith.”