Why Abaribe, others may not pay N300 million bail bond – Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer
By Steve Oko
Contrary to the belief among many that Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, and two others who signed surety for the Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi kanu would each forfeit N100 million bail bond following Kanu’s disappearance from Nigeria, his lawyer said the sureties have no cause for alarm.
A member of Kanu’s legal team, Mr. Aloy Ejimakor told Wawa News Global that the sureties were already in court seeking to be held blameless for Kanu’s disappearance.
He explained that if they succeed in getting a favourable ruling, they would not be compelled “to pay the bail bond again.
The explanation came on the heals of the ruling by an Abuja federal High Court on Wednesday which asked Kanu’s sureties to pay N100 bail bond they signed.
But according to Kanu’s lawyer the payment of the bail bond might have been overtaken by events by the expiration of the six month grace period.
His words : This is what happened in court : The Judge made an ‘interim’ Order that the sureties are ‘liable to deposit the cash equivalence’ of the bond with the court within SIX months from today (Nov 14, 2018).
” But the Order shall be vacated if the sureties succeeded on their applications set for hearing on March 28, 2019. Generally, the applications are seeking to hold the sureties blameless for Nnamdi Kanu’s absence from court.
“Alternatively, the Judge held that if the sureties fail in their applications on March 28, 2019, they have TWO months from then to deposit the bond with the court.
“”So, the interim order is a conditional order that is likely to be overtaken by events between now and the time.
Justice Binta Nyako had ruled that the three sureties, including Sen. Eyinnaya Abaribe, were compelled to within two months, pay N100 million each for their inability to produce the missing IPOB leader.
The three sureties had been made to sign a bail bond of N100m each which was backed by their landed assets whose documents were deposited in court.
The judge said with this amendment, the sureties were now required to deposit cash of N100 million into the court’s bank account.
“The order directing the sureties to pay the money is an order of interim forfeiture’’, she said.
The sureties had argued that Kanu’s disappearance was not unconnected with the invasion of his home by the military and not orchestrated by them.
The military had in a special operation clashed with IPOB members in Afara-Ukwu, Umuahia, in Abia State, on Sept. 14, 2017 leading to Kanu’s escape from the country.
Kanu and three others are been tried on charges of treasonable felony.
Justice Nyako fixed March 28 for the hearing of the motions filed by the sureties challenging the duties imposed on them to produce Kanu.