The Department of State Security (DSS) operatives arrested the Senator representing Abia South, Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Friday for allegedly aiding and supporting a proscribed body, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
Abaribe’s lawyer, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN) who disclosed this on Saturday also the DSS claimed that Abaribe was into gun running.
Ume said the accusations were contained in a search warrant dated 2nd June 2018 which directed DSS operatives who searched Abaribe’s house to “focus and search for arms and ammunitions and any other incriminating document, while the alleged crime was aiding and supporting a proscribed body i.e. IPOB.”
He said that the disparity and excruciating search of all corners and every item in the house lasted for about 5pm till 11:15 pm Friday.
He noted that “Of all the 27 items seized and taken away, non could be all they wanted to see in terms of arms and ammunitions or stored bags of Ghana Must Go for sponsoring the said IPOB.
“But unfortunately two of the 27 items include: The two handsets of two USA citizens found in the home.
“One of the laptops taken included that of an educationist containing examination questions slated to be set for students on the 25th of June 2018.
“All pleas for this questions to be copied was refused.”
Ume said that they are worried at the turn of events especially when leader of IPOB Nnamdi Kanu was to appear in court on October 2017 in September, his house was brutally shut down.
“Senator Abaribe, the surety to Nnamadi Kanu is to appear in court on 26th June 2018, but on 22nd June 2018 Senator Abaribe was arrested and detained incommunicado.
Ume who spoke at a press conference in Abuja on the arrest and detention said, “Yesterday in the forenoon hours our Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe, a high ranking senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was arrested by officers of state security services.
“The articulate senator who has contributed a lot to our nation building effort is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“His arrest was shocking as it was curious.
“As his counsel, I have long ago complied with DSS stipulation for meeting with its detainee.
“I have also requested for a meeting with the D.G of the services to know the reason for his arrest.
“All fell into refusal ears at about 4:45pm I was alerted that officers of the services were heading to the senator’s residence.
“I had to break my long wait at the DSS Head Quarters and rushed to the senator’s residence.
“Primarily, the search warrant dated 2nd June 2018 focused and searched for arms and ammunitions and any other incriminating document while the alleged crime was aiding and supporting a proscribed body i.e. IPOB.
“The disparity and excruciating search of all corners and every item in the house lasted for about 5pm till 11:15 pm yesterday (Friday).