Sunday, June 24, 2018

Why Senator Abaribe was arrested by DSS - ITREALMS Online

The last Friday’s arrest by the Federal Department of State Services (DSS) of the Senator representing Abia South in the Senate, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, may not after all be unconnected to the alarm he raised on about N30bn inserted in the budget of Power in the country signed last week by President Muhammadu Buhari without requisite Senate approval, reports ITRealms.

Investigations by ITRealms also revealed that Senator Abaribe’s arrest by DSS may not be far from his unrepentant criticism of the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led government’s ineptitude.

Senator Abaribe who was arrested Friday in Abuja at a popular hotel in Maitama District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), ITRealms gathered was later taken to his house for search which lasted over three hours.

ITRealms reports that Abaribe, who is the chairman of Senate Committee on Power, had raised alarm over the insertions contained in the version of the appropriation bill signed last Wednesday by Mr. President.

He had insisted that his committee knows nothing about it (N30b) as it did not pass through them.

Further pointer was the inability to produce Nnamdi Kalu whom he gauranted his earlier bail but owing to military invasion of Kalu's country home with 'operation python dance," got missing, as well as associated alleged gun-running due to his support for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Already, some Igbo political intelligentsia has commenced an online advocacy for his release with banners and hashtag #FreeSenatorEnyiAbaribeNow, which is currently trending.

Meanwhile the President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief John Nnia Nwodo in adding his voice in condemnding the arrest requested the Senator's release, noting that only the military can produce Kalu in assumption that was the reason for the arrest, insisting "we are all equal before the law."

The circumstances prevailing at the time of the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu, he said are beyond the contemplation of the law that a surety can guarantee the production of an accused person.

Stressing that the army in the name of "Operation Python Dance" invaded Nnamdi's home and destabilized normalcy there, hence, "It is only the security agency that can disclose Nnamdi's whereabout."

Maintaining that Senator  Abaribe has no capacity,  nor has any surety in the circumstances to know the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu.  

"What happened in Umahia was an invasion, a war of a kind. Nnamdi may have been killed or captured in the imbroglio or even escaped into hiding. The onus lies on the  security forces to disclose  his whereabout," Nnia Nwodo declared.

He warned the judiciary of beginning to tow the line of the executive by throwing the law overboard in matters that affect the South East.

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