Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, representing Abia North Senatorial District, has been arraigned before the Federal High Court in Abuja. Abaribe, who was arraigned Tuesday, June 26, was whisked away by the operatives of the Department of State Service last Friday.
His lawyer had said he was arrested for gun-running, but some observers say he was being persecuted because he was a vocal critic of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
His arrest had drawn criticism from some sympathisers and the opposition. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) decried his arrest and expressed fears over his safety. The party described Abaribe’s arrest as “gestapo-style’’, saying it had further confirmed earlier alarm that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government has commenced total clampdown on the opposition.
Abaribe stood surety for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently at large.