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Abaribe in court after four days in DSS custody

Abaribe in court after four days in DSS custody
June 26
13:51 2018

Operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) took Enyinnaya Abaribe, senator representing Abia north, to a federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday.

This is Abaribe’s first appearance in court after he was arrested by the DSS on Friday.

Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, Abaribe’s lawyer, and some close associates, rallied round the lawmaker while his supporters staged a protest to demand his release.

Abaribe was arrested for standing as as a guarantor to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who was granted bail in April 2017.


The IPOB leader has not been seen publicly since September. He is standing an alleged treason trial.

Umeh filed an application for Abaribe’s release but Binta Nyako, the judge, declined to grant his request.

She, however, ordered that the senator should be given unhindered access to his lawyer.


On Sunday, Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, demanded that the DSS either arraign the PDP lawmaker in court or grant him bail.


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