Chukwuma Machukwu, legal counsel to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia state) has raised the alarm to the effect that the Department of State Services (DSS)’s decision to restrict access by the personal doctor and counsel to the embattled senator may have put his life on danger.
Mr Machukwu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, who stated this at a media briefing on Saturday, said that all pleas by himself to enable the senator access to his wife and doctor have fallen on deaf ears.
He said the development has endangered the health and life of his client whom he said has a peculiar medical condition which necessitated him being on a special diet.
“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 People’s Democratic Party.
“His arrest was shocking as it was curious, and as his counsel, I have long ago complied with SSS 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 SSS H/Q 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 from about5pm till 11:15 pm yesterday (Friday). 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”, he said.
He added that “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,” he noted.
He said the family of his client and himself are worried at the turn of events, which commenced when Nnamdi Kanu, the missing IPOB leader was to appear in court on October 2017, only to have his house invaded by the military in September.
Relating it to the Senator’s ordeal, the counsel said…, “the surety to Nnamdi Kanu is to appear in court on 26th June 2018, but on 22nd June 2018, the Senator was arrested and detained incommunicado”.
He further alleged witch-hunt and persecution of perceived critical lawmakers saying: “On 16th June 2017 via a letter to NSA Senator Ike Ekweremadu was levied a corrupt officer.”
“On 12th April 2018 Senator Shehu Sani was Accused of aiding armed robbers,
on 24th march 2018 Senator Dino Melaye was accussed of aiding bandits.
“On 4th June 2018 Senator Bukola Saraki was accused of aiding armed robbers who massacred his own people.
“On 27th February 2017 /2nd March, 2017, His Excellency former Governor of Benue State Gabrial Suswam was clamped down.
“On 22nd June 2018, it is Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe. These are certainly against the spirit of partisan politics very dear to our constitution and nation building process”, he said, demanding that the DSS releases his client with immediate effect, whilst disclosing that he would be approaching the court to file for the enforcement of his client’s fundamental human rights.
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