Counsel to Senator Abaribe, Mr. Ogechi Ogunna, on Tuesday, has filed an application before Justice Binta Nyako asking that his client be discharged as Kanu’s surety.
The two other sureties, Immanuel Shalum Okabenmabu and Tochukwu Uchendu, were absent from court and not represented by any lawyer during the hearing.
The judge, however, said Abaribe’s motion could not be heard until Kanu was produced in court.
The judge gave the senator three options.
One of the options was for Abaribe to produce the defendant in court and then apply to be discharged as a surety.
The other option the judge gave was for Abaribe to be ready to forfeit his N100m bail bond.
The third option was for Abaribe to request to be given time to produce the defendant in court.
To which the lawyer replied, “he (Abaribe) is not in a position to do any of these.”
However the judge insisted that Abaribe must opt for one of the three options.
With the judge’s insistence, Ogunna opted to be given time to produce him.
The two other sureties were not represented I court on Tuesday.
Earlier, prosecuting counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, noting that Kanu was not present in court, urged the judge to revoke defendant’s bail, order for his arrest, and direct the defendants’ three sureties “to show cause why the bail bond of N100m entered into by each shall not be
forfeited or they be committed to prison.”
The trial was been adjourned until November 20