Sunday, May 16, 2021

SSS frees Senator Abaribe


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A senator representing Abia South, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has been granted an administrative bail after five days in State Security Service, SSS custody.

Earlier on Tuesday, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in ordered SSS to allow Mr Abaribe access to his lawyers.

Mrs Nyako’s order followed an oral application made on his behalf by his counsel, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, praying a court order for the release of Mr Abaribe, who was picked up by the service last Friday for undisclosed reasons.

But the Special Adviser to Mr Abaribe on Media, Uche Awom, the release of the senator in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said Mr Abaribe, who is the chairman of the South East Senators Forum, was released at about 6.32 p.m.

“Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe walked to freedom after five days in the DSS gulag.

“Abaribe, who was granted administrative bail, was released to his lawyers led by Chukwuma Machukwu Ume (SAN).

“Speaking at the premises of the DSS facility in Abuja, Ume thanked Nigerians for standing up against the wrongs done to Nigerian democracy with the arrest of Sen. Abaribe,” he said.

Mr Awom quoted Mr Ume as saying “the collective calls and demand for his release have shown the great spirit of Nigerians for justice”.

Mr Abaribe was arrested and taken into custody by the SSS on June 22 in Abuja.

However, reasons  for his arrest were not made public.

The lawmaker was surety to leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, who is reportedly at large.


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