Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe‘s
lawyer, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN), on Saturday revealed why the Department of
State Security (DSS) was detaining the former Deputy Governor of Abia State.

Ume said Abaribe was being held
for alleged gun running and supporting the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of
Biafra (IPOB).
He noted that a search warrant,
dated June 2, 2018, procured by the DSS to search Abaribe’s Abuja residence,
allowed it to “focus and search for arms and ammunitions and any other
incriminating document, while the alleged crime was aiding and supporting a
proscribed body, i.e. IPOB.”
His words, “Yesterday (Friday) 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 Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP).

“His arrest was as shocking as it
was curious. As his counsel, I have, long ago, complied with DSS stipulation
for meeting with its detainees.

“I have also requested for a
meeting with the DG of the service 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 DSS Headquarters and rushed to the senator’s residence.”
“This man is a known strong voice
of the Igbo nation; hence this is a clamp down on the region.”
Ume said the search of the house
lasted from about 5pm till 11:15 pm Friday.
He disclosed that 27 items were
taken from his client’s home, none of which was a gun or ammunition.
“Unfortunately, two of the 27
items include the two handsets of two USA citizens found in the house.
“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 these questions to
be copied were refused.
“Senator Abaribe, the surety to
Nnamadi Kanu, is to appear in court on 26th June 2018, but on 22nd June 2018,
Senator Abaribe was arrested and detained incommunicado,” Ume said.