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Most Nigerian leaders don’t know their history, that is why they don’t understand the problems confronting their people while in power – Abaribe
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Most Nigerian leaders don’t know their history, that is why they don’t understand the problems confronting their people while in power – Abaribe

  Lawmaker representing Abia South Senatorial district, Enyinnaya Abaribe has said that most Nigerian leaders don't know their history. Abaribe who also noted that the country has a flawed leadership recruitment process while speaking at a book launch over the weekend, stated that not knowing about history makes leaders not to understand the problem of their people when they get to power. The Senator who also averred that the problem with Nigeria has been that of ethnic-triumphalism, added that the problem of law enforcement in Nigeria had been compounded by the rampant issue of ethnic dominance in the country He said;  “Most Nigerian leaders do not know their history; the leadership recruitment process is highly flawed. And that is why when people get into power, the...
Abaribe should be in prison for not producing Kanu – Deputy Speaker
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Abaribe should be in prison for not producing Kanu – Deputy Speaker

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase (APC, Plateau) has said that the Minority Leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia) should be in prison for failing to produce leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu who he stood as a surety for in court.   Wase said this while responding to a Point of Order raised by Sada Soli (APC, Katsina) during plenary on Thursday May 6.   He backed his claim with the imprisonment of Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) by Justice Okon Abang for failing to produce Abdulrasheed Maina, former head of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT) whom he had stood for as surety.   The Deputy Speaker said;    “Ordinarily, for failing to produce Kanu Nnamdi, he (Sen Abaribe) should be in...
PDP SW Congress: Melaye To Head Screening Committee, Fayose Group Kicks
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PDP SW Congress: Melaye To Head Screening Committee, Fayose Group Kicks

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed Dino Melaye as the Screening Committee Chairman for the South-West zonal executive congress. National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd.) made the announcement on Friday. The National Working Committee (NWC) also named Emilia Ezude as Secretary to the committee. Members of the committee are Shetimma Laah, Ekeleme Ikieje and Egede Israel. The team will screen all aspirants for the zonal executive committee positions. The statement added that the exercise is scheduled for Saturday, April 10 at Osogbo, the Osun State capital. S’West PDP Congress: Fayose, Adebutu, Adeleke, Olafeso reject Dino Melaye as screening Chairman A group in the South West People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by former Governor of Ek...
Nobody Takes Buhari Seriously, Not Even The Service Chiefs – Abaribe
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Nobody Takes Buhari Seriously, Not Even The Service Chiefs – Abaribe

Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe said on Wednesday that President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical trip to the United Kingdom suggests that the APC Government does not stay true to its words. Senator Abaribe stated this while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today. Abaribe who noted that Buhari’s medical trip did not contravene the law, however, stated that the exercise breached a moral contract, one that was set by the president himself. https://youtu.be/xPEILDLgqvA SECURITY SITUATION? The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, slammed President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the nation’s insecurity, saying nobody takes Buhari seriously not even the service chiefs. Abaribe stated this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels T...
APC Senators Block Bill To Make Appointment Of Service Chiefs Independent
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APC Senators Block Bill To Make Appointment Of Service Chiefs Independent

The Senate saw some controversy at its session on Wednesday as lawmakers disagreed over the constitutionality of the proposed Armed Forces Service Commission Bill. The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe, proposes that the appointment of the service chiefs will be subject to the recommendations of the proposed commission. The bill seeks to establish the Armed Forces Services Commission to ensure that the composition/appointment of service chiefs of the armed forces of the federation reflects the federal character of Nigeria in the manner prescribed in section 217 (3) of the 1999 Constitution. The debate on the bill split the house as senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress opposed the bill. During a voice vote, the bill was rejected. Senat...
I Was Made To Swear An Oath By Orji Uzor Kalu’s Brother – Abaribe
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I Was Made To Swear An Oath By Orji Uzor Kalu’s Brother – Abaribe

The Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, said he was taken to a shrine to swear an oath of loyalty 24 hours before inauguration as deputy governor in 1999. Abaribe was deputy governor to Senator Orji Uzor Kalu from May 29, 1999 till March 2003 before he resigned and defected to the defunct All Nigerian People’s Party. Abaribe stated this in his new book, ‘Made in Aba’ which was launched in Abuja on Monday. He explained that the former Aba North Local Government Area Chairman, one Chief Duru, and Kalu’s younger brother, Uzor, took him to “a so-called prophet” on School Road, Aba, in Abia State. He said, “On the matter of loyalty by ordeal, whereby people were made to swear allegiance on all sorts of objects, my experience was that some people around Kalu took it upon t...
Apologise For Insulting Gov Yahaya Bello, APC Tells Sen Abaribe
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Apologise For Insulting Gov Yahaya Bello, APC Tells Sen Abaribe

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has demanded a public apology from the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe for ‘criticising’ Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. The APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in a statement, said “legal action” will be instituted against the senator if he failed to publicly apologise to Bello, saying that his utterances against the governor were ”false, irresponsible and malicious.” Nabena was reacting to a statement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), asking Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC Kogi) to retract his comment and apologise to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State. The party said it is on record through a video in circulation that Senator Abaribe made some false verbal attacks “discrediting governor Yahaya ...
2021 Budget Is Unrealistic – Abaribe
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2021 Budget Is Unrealistic – Abaribe

Enyinnaya Abaribe, minority leader of the senate, says the 2021 budget of N13.08 trillion presented to a joint session of the national assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari is unrealistic. Speaking on Tuesday during a debate on 2021 budget estimates, Abaribe faulted the assumptions the appropriation bill was premised on. The budget is based on an exchange rate benchmark of N379/$ and crude oil production of 1.86 million barrels per day (including 400,000 barrels of condensate) at $40 per barrel. Capital expenditure in the budget is estimated at N2.083 trillion which represents 29 percent of the total budget. It targets three percent GDP growth and 11.95 percent inflation rate. However, the minority leader said the budget is “nothing but old news.” “This budget is nothin...
Bill Introducing Federal Character in Service Chiefs’ Appointments Passes First Reading in Senate
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Bill Introducing Federal Character in Service Chiefs’ Appointments Passes First Reading in Senate

A bill titled “Armed Forces Service Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2020” sponsored by the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe was read for the first time on the floor of the senate on Tuesday March 3. The bill which seeks to compel the president to appoint service chiefs based on the federal character principle, passed its first reading yesterday. The bill which came amid ciriticism of President Muhammadu Buhari's alleged lopsided appointments including that of the service chiefs inclusive, proposes that the appointment of Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Director of Military Intelligence and the heads of other arm-bearing security agencies shall be appointed subject to recommendations by the Senate. An Armed Forces Serv...
PDP Writes UK, US and EU Over Ihedioha’s Loss at the Supreme Court
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PDP Writes UK, US and EU Over Ihedioha’s Loss at the Supreme Court

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has written a petition to the United Kingdom, United States and the European Union after its chairman, Uche Secondus led a protest to the US embassy and the UK high commission in Abuja on Friday January 31, over Emeka Ihedioha's loss at the Supreme Court to Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress. Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; former President of the Senate, Adolphus Wabara; former Imo State governor, Chief Achike Udenwa, as well as members of the National Working Committee (NWC) participated in the protest against the judgement of the apex court which sacked the Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo State. In its petition titled ‘Perversion of Justice: Deliberate Efforts At Truncating Democracy in Nigeria,’ the PDP alleged that Nig...
The Igbo Man Doesn’t Kneel For Anybody Except His Chi – Enyinnaya Abaribe
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The Igbo Man Doesn’t Kneel For Anybody Except His Chi – Enyinnaya Abaribe

As soon as we settled down for the interview in his office at the National Assembly, my first question to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate Minority Leader, was to tell me about the three attempts to impeach him when he was the Deputy Governor of Abia State and the circumstances that surrounded his resignation from that office in 2003. He explained that he and Governor Orji Uzor Kalu, were sworn in on May 29 1999, and by August of the same year, things had begun to go awry between them. There were three attempts to impeach him: the first was in August 1999 but after he responded to the charges by the State House of Assembly within the statutory 14 days he was exonerated. The second attempt was in mid- 2000. The House wrote to him again to respond to some charges but without giving...
Call For PMB’s Resignation: Lauretta Onochie Calls Senator Abaribe A Buffoon
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Call For PMB’s Resignation: Lauretta Onochie Calls Senator Abaribe A Buffoon

1. Security issues are sad concerns around the world including Nigeria Buffoon Enyinnaya Abaribe, telling Nigerians to "pick stones to stone THEM”, is out of order! It's a call for anarchy! To those who listen to him, Nigeria is not Sen Ike Ekweremadu. Dont even try it. Don't! 2. Abaribe has tried with Nnamdi Kanu, to rip this nation apart and failed When @atiku said there will be more herdsmen killing if @MBuhari was reelected, who said anything? How many stones did Abaribe throw? Please throw the first stone. We are waiting
Fani Kayode Reacts As Senator Abaribe Tells Buhari To Resign
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Fani Kayode Reacts As Senator Abaribe Tells Buhari To Resign

Former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has showered praise on the senator representing Abia South in the National Assembly, Enyinnaya Abaribe over his recent statement on the State of the Nation. Kayode was reacting following Abaribe’s call that President Muhammadu Buhari should resign in what he regards as the inability of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government to address the security challenges in the country. Abaribe stated this on Wednesday on the floor of the Senate during a debate on insecurity in the country. He said: “Nigeria didn’t elect the IGP. We didn’t elect other service chiefs. We elected the APC government in 2015. We are asking this government to resign because it can no longer perform its role.” Reacting over the lawmaker’s call,...
Senate Okays 7.5% VAT And 6 Other Tax Hikes
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Senate Okays 7.5% VAT And 6 Other Tax Hikes

The Senate on Thursday passed the Finance Bill which seeks to amend seven Acts of the National Assembly relating to taxes payable in the country. The bill specifically seeks an increment of the value-added tax from five per cent to 7.5 per cent. It also seeks an increment in the Companies Income tax, Customs and excise, Petroleum Profit Tax, Stamp duties, personal income tax and Capital Income tax. The Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, and Senators Ifeanyi Ubah, Gabriel Suswan and Abba Moro, however, raised objections to the bill. They said the increment in taxes would further compound the sufferings and pains of Nigerians.
Ministerial Screening: Amaechi Causes Commotion In Senate
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Ministerial Screening: Amaechi Causes Commotion In Senate

Former Rivers State Governor and ex-Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Wednesday caused confusion on the floor of the Senate during the ministerial screening. After his introduction, there was bickering among the Senators on whether the former Minister should be allowed to take a bow and leave or entertain questions from the lawmakers. While some of the lawmakers objected to the motion of him taking a bow, some others saw it as a perfect decision by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan on the ground that he (Amaechi) was a former lawmaker. Addressing the House, Lawan said, “I think the gesture should be extended to all lawmakers from the State House of Assembly, the House of Representatives and the Senate.   “We are not doing this for him, we are not doing him a f...
Senate Gives Buhari 5 Days To Submit Names Of Ministerial Nominees
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Senate Gives Buhari 5 Days To Submit Names Of Ministerial Nominees

The Senate has given President Muhammadu Buhari till Friday to submit the list of ministerial nominees for screening, failure of which the red chamber will proceed on its two-month annual recess. In line with its annual calendar, the National Assembly is meant to go on its annual recess on July 26 and resume on September 26. Buhari, who won election in February and was sworn in on May 29, has continued to delay the submission of the ministerial list, arguing that he will need to take his time to appoint the people he knows. The Chairman, Senate ad hoc Committee on Media and Public Affairs Affairs, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, in an exclusive interview with Sunday PUNCH on Saturday night, said the red chamber would proceed on its annual two-month recess this week if the Senate did ...
Senate Rejects Senator Abbo’s Apology, Reveals Next Move
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Senate Rejects Senator Abbo’s Apology, Reveals Next Move

The Senate on Monday said that despite the public apology tendered by Senator Elisha Abbo, it would proceed with the Senator’s probe. Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, had constituted a panel to investigate the assault, following a point of order raised by the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Uba Sani, on the issue. The Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya; Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; and Senator Opeyemi Bamidele supported Sani by condemning Abbo’s alleged action. Lawan said it would be unfair to both the lawmaker and the victim if the Senate should pass a judgment based on the viral video clip without listening to Abbo. However, hours after the ad hoc panel was constituted, Abbo, who was absent from the Senate plenary on Wednesday, rushed to the National Secretariat of...
South East Senators Hail Ex-President Obasanjo’s Verdict On President Buhari
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South East Senators Hail Ex-President Obasanjo’s Verdict On President Buhari

The South East Caucus of the Senate Wednesday reviewed former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s remarks about President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and submitted that the verdict clearly vindicated its earlier position on President Buhari’s government. The leader of the Caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who spoke in Abuja, said that they had warned against the danger of “the nepotic nature of the administration but unfortunately many Nigerians looked the other way.” Abaribe said that the caucus had made it clear that “twenty years is not eternity, that the government will come to an end one day and with every indication the government has come to end.” The Abia South senator insisted that “What is happening, what former President Obasanjo said, is what we have said and predicte...
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Why Atiku, Others Returned To PDP – Abaribe

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has explained why former Vice President, Atiku Abubaakar, returned to the Peoples Democratic Party.   Atiku had in December formally returned to the PDP after few years with the All Progressives Congress. Abaribe, who doubles as Chairman, South-East caucus in the Senate, said Atiku and other members of the party, who earlier decamped, decided to return on realizing that the APC was thriving on lies and propaganda. He told Vanguard, “We think it is not just Atiku only. Most of the people who left PDP due to disagreements, we also encourage all of them to come back because they have now gone to taste APC and have seen. Our people say that when a woman marries two husb...
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N-Power Is Propaganda – Senator Abaribe Blasts Buhari’s Govt

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has ​described ​the N-Power programme of the Buhari government as “propaganda”. Abaribe, who doubles as Chairman, South-East caucus in the Senate, ​also declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will return to power in 2019. ​In a chat with Vanguard, Abaribe said Nigerians should not be excited about the N-Power scheme.​ ​”​Where have they given it? I have not seen any youth. I have sent people from my own senatorial zone for them to show me where they have taken any of them​”, he said. “It is nothing but propaganda that we simply see and bogus claims that we also always see from this government,​” he added.​ ​On 2019 general elections, the lawmaker stressed that the...
Senate Reacts To Arrest Of Innoson Motors Chief, Innocent Chukwuma
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Senate Reacts To Arrest Of Innoson Motors Chief, Innocent Chukwuma

The Senate on Wednesday resolved to wade into the arrest of the Chairman of Innoson Motors, Innocent Chukwuma, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Mr. Chukwuma was arrested at his residence in Enugu at about 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The Senate mandated its committee on anti-corruption and financial crimes to investigate the matter and report back within 24 hours. This decision followed a point of order raised by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. “Yesterday I got a number of messages indicating that Mr Innocent Chukwuma was arrested by the EFCC over a transaction between him and GTB,” Mr. Ekweremadu said. “This morning I made an effort and I spoke with him, his story is straight forward, he said he was at his house at 5:00 am Tuesday morning when he he...
Abaribe Begs Court To Visit Home Of Nnamdi Kanu, Insists IPOB Leader Is With Nigerian Army
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Abaribe Begs Court To Visit Home Of Nnamdi Kanu, Insists IPOB Leader Is With Nigerian Army

In his frantic efforts to extricate himself from the consequences of the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to visit the Abia State home of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Abaribe, one of the three sureties of the missing IPOB leader, has been ordered by the court to ensure he produces Kanu, who is facing trial on treasonable offence with others, or face the consequences. The matter was on Tuesday adjourned by the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako till February 20, 2018. However, Senator Abaribe, who still has his motion seeking the court’s order to compel the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce Kanu, still pending in court, on December 4, 2017, filed a fresh motion on the m...
IYC Commend Buhari, Judiciary, Abaribe On Kanu’s Release
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IYC Commend Buhari, Judiciary, Abaribe On Kanu’s Release

The Igbo Youth Congress (IYC) has commended the Federal Government for heeding to numerous calls for the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who recently was granted bail by the court after a protracted trial. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday, on some issues of national interest that have been in the front burner in recent time and of utmost concern to Igbo, especially the protracted incarceration and trial of Kanu, the IYC leadership comprising of the Vice President, Barr Kasarachi Oparah; Comrade Charles Nwanguma, National Director of Administration; Comrade Hillary Egwue, National Director of Security, and Comrade Madjer Okotu, Chairman Ebonyi State chapter, stated that as an organisation, they anxiously waited for t...
IPOB Names Fayose Honorary Biafra Governor
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IPOB Names Fayose Honorary Biafra Governor

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose as an honorary governor of Biafra Republic “for demonstrating courage” when Nnamdi Kanu was granted bail in Abuja last week. In a statement by IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, the group also praised former ministers, Osita Chidoka and Femi Fani-Kayode, Profs Chukwuma Soludo and Pat Utomi, Senators Ike Ekweremadu and Enyinnaya Abaribe and others for their support towards the struggle and the release of its leaders. “We also acknowledge the immense contributions of the honorary Biafran Gov. Ayodele Fayose who did what no South East or South South governor had the courage to do. “We appreciate Prof. Nwala of Ala-Igbo Foundation, Tochukwu Uchendu, Eastern Consultative A...
Ken Nnamani Leaves A Book Launch Visibly Angry During Argument Over Biafra
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Ken Nnamani Leaves A Book Launch Visibly Angry During Argument Over Biafra

ABUJA-Discordant tunes greeted the agitation for the Sovereign State of Biafra Thursday following the disagreements among eminent Igbo personalities on the contentious issue at a book launch in Abuja. The book “The Audacity of Power and the Nigeria Presidency-Exclusion of the South East in Nigeria’s Power Politics and the Spectre of Biafra” written by Godwin Ifeanyi Udibe and Law Mefor brought together the likes of former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, Senator Ben Obi, Enyinnaya Abaribe and Udenta Udenta. Chairman of the occasion and former Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo represented by Senator Obi lauded the efforts of the authors, stressing that for a truth, the marginalization of the Igbo people is real. “The book is a narrative of what has been happening to a group...
Nnamdi Kanu Poses With Friends As He’s Freed From Kuje Prison In Abuja
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Nnamdi Kanu Poses With Friends As He’s Freed From Kuje Prison In Abuja

The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra IPOB Nnamdi Kanu, has lef Kuje prison in Abuja after perfecting his bail conditions. He posed with friends who came to pick him up from jail. The bail condition was perfected at the presence of the Chairman, South East Senate caucus and former Deputy Governor of Abia State, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, a Jewish High Chief Priest, Immanuu-El Shalom and a Chartered Accountant residing in Abuja, Tochukwu Uchendu. The Federal High Court, Abuja, had on Tuesday admitted Mr. Kanu to bail on health grounds, but gave seemingly tough conditions, which included having ‘a highly respected’ Jewish leader, a ‘senior highly placed person of Igbo extraction such as a senator’; and a highly respected person who owns landed property and is resident in Abuja as ...
Nnamdi Kanu Fulfils Bail Condition
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Nnamdi Kanu Fulfils Bail Condition

Reports reaching DAILY POST has it that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has fulfilled his bail conditions granted him by an Abuja Federal High Court. Nnamdi Kanu’s brother, Prince Kanu confirmed the development to DAILY POST. He said ” It’s true, he has just perfected the bail terms.” The bail condition was perfected at the presence of the Chairman, South East Senate caucus and former Deputy Governor of Abia State, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, a Jewish High Chief Priest, Immanuu-El Shalom and a Chartered Accountant residing in Abuja, Tochukwu Uchendu. Recall that Kanu, who is currently facing trial alongside three other pro-Biafra agitators, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, and David Nwawuisi before the Justice Nyako-led court was on Tuesday...
Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Signed By Jewish Rabbi & Enyinnaya Abaribe In Abuja
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Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Signed By Jewish Rabbi & Enyinnaya Abaribe In Abuja

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu's Bail bond being signed by Senator Enyinnaya Abaraibe, a Jewish Rabbi and an Abuja based business mogul, at the Federal high court Abuja. The Rabbi identified Chief Immanuel Shalum Okabemadu alongside other sureties as ordered by the court are working towards perfecting the bail condition slammed on the IPOB leader. Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South) signed the 100m bail bond of Nnamdi Kanu, while another Nigerian businessman was also standing by with his bail bond requirement.
Enyinnaya Abaribe Signs Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Bond
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Enyinnaya Abaribe Signs Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Bond

ENYINNAYA Abaribe, Senator representing Abia-Central Senatorial District on Friday signed the bail bond of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday granted Kanu’s bail on health grounds. The IPOB leader was granted bail after part of the charges filed against him and three others – Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi – were struck out by the court. Justice Binta Nyako while ruling on the bail application barred Kanu from granting press interview while on bail. She also warned the IPOB leader against participating in any rally or found in a crowd of more than 10 persons during the course of his bail. Kanu’s lawyers had said on Thursday they are working hard to perfect his bail co...

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