Thursday, 28 September 2017

Abaribe denies being queried for standing surety for IPOB leader

Leader of South East Senate caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Wednesday protested a report that he was queried by the Senate for standing surety for the bail of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Abaribe through a Point of Order, tendered a copy of Daily Trust publication of yesterday with the head line that the Abia South senator was queried by the Senate for being one of those who guaranteed Kanu bail.

He insisted that no such thing happened and wondered why the newspaper could publish what he described as “fake news.”  
The lawmaker also said that the meeting the publication was based was a closed door session which was not open to the public.

Abaribe said that he was at a loss where the newspaper got its information.
He told the Senate that his “constituents are deeply worried over the unverified report as was published by the newspaper.”

 Abaribe said, “Our meeting was a closed door one. A headline like this purporting to say that this was what happened in the meeting is wrong.
“You and I know that this did not happen. My constituents have been worried and I told them that it is not true.

‘Daily Trust should be made to produce who gave them this misleading information.
“This report is trying to drive a wedge between northern and southern senators because it claimed that northern senators made a demand which southern senators grudgingly agreed to.”
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided also said that the meeting was a closed session which was not open to the public.

He referred the matter to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate and report back in two weeks.
Ekweremadu added, “You all know that nothing like that happened in the meeting. What is closed should remain so.”

One of the bail conditions given by an Abuja Federal High Court for Kanu to be granted bail was that a serving senator should be one of those that should stand surety for his bail.
Abaribe as the leader of the south east senate caucus was mandated to endorse the bail.

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