Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe of Abia South has written the Government of Israel over recent reports that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was spotted in the country.
Senator Abaribe wrote to His Excellency, Enoch Duchi, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Israel, through his lawyer Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN).
The Senator sought to confirm if a Nigerian citizen who is the leader of IPOB has been found in the country after he mysteriously disappeared following a raid on his home by some Nigerian soldiers in 2017.
Abaribe’s letter was titled “Is a citizen of our country Nnamdi Kanu in Israel?”
“We are the counsel to Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe, a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing Abia South Senatorial Zone in the 8th Senate of National Assembly of Nigeria,” read the letter dated November 7, 2018, and which was sighted by The Nation.
“As a pronounced patriot, he recently, against all odds, put live into our constitutional provision of the liberty of an accused as well as eased tension in our polity, by standing surety to Nnamdi Kanu (who is on trial on allegations of treasonable offences in CHARGE No. FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015.)
“In fact, to situate you properly into the salient realities involved in this national tragedy, the Nnamdi Kanu is the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
“On 28th April 2017, the Hon trial Court granted him bail on medical grounds and Sen. Abaribe was one of the three sureties who executed the bail bond for his release.
“Your Excellency would recall that sometimes in 2017, the Nigerian Army High Command announced publicly that they were going to commence a military operation code-named “OPERATION PYTHON DANCE “(EGWU EKE) 11 in the whole of the South East Zone of Nigeria from 15th of September to 14ch of October 2017.”