The Department of State Services (DSS), on Friday, arrested the senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.
Operatives of the DSS accosted the chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metarllurgy at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and asked him to be driven to the Services’ headquarters at the Yellow House.
At about 5.00 p.m. on Friday, the operatives stormed the senator’s residence in Apo Legislative Quarters, surrounded the building and caused panic in the vicinity, even as some of the operatives ransacked the house.
They got to the residence with Senator Abaribe, his lawyer, Machukwu Umeh, while his wife, Flora, was also allowed to stay with the operatives for the period the search lasted, even as the DSS operatives were still in the building as of 8.30 pm.
Sources close to the lawmaker told Saturday Tribune that Abaribe was arrested over issues relating to the bail bond he, along with two others, signed, last year, for the leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
But Abaribe, later in the year, asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the undertaken he took on behalf of Nnamdi Kanu following the man’s disappearance in the aftermath of the raid on his Umuahia, Abia State residence.
He also later applied to the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to discharge him as Kanu’s surety as he had not seen nor heard from the IPOB leader since September 11.