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Published On: Thu, Sep 28th, 2017

Biafra: Abaribe denies being queried by Senate

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By Christiana Ekpa

Senstor Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP Abia South ), yesterday denied that he was questioned by the Senate on resumption Tuesday over his involvement with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Abaribe also alleged that some persons are attempting to create conflicts, between South-Eastern legislators and their Northern counterparts.
One of the National dailies had in its headline story of Wednesday, 27th September 2017, reported that Abaribe was queried by senators on Tuesday during the Senate closed door session for standing as surety for the leader of the now proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) , Nnamdi KANU , which led to the bail granted him in April by an Abuja high court.
Rising through order 15 of the Senate standing rules to make denial of the report, Abaribe said : “This morning Mr President, I was surprised to find ‘IPOB: senators query Abaribe over Kanu’s bail’. Mr President we have always said in this floor that anything the presiding officer says in the closed-door session that is the sum total of our discussion.
“And I remember yesterday (Tuesday ) that three points were made as a result of our discussion, which was Nigeria’s unity and effort by this senate to make sure we help in bringing peace to this country. The headline that purports to say that this is what happened in our closed-door session which of course did not happen does not in any way advance the course of peace in this country.
“My constituents have been worried, they have called me and they have been asking me and I have told them that it is not true and I will bring it up on the floor and ask the entire senate to please help us to ask the newspaper to produce whoever gave them this information.
“The senate does not query any of its members, that is the first place where they failed in casting this headline because each senator knows what we discussed and what came out at the end of it.
“I wish to be given the opportunity to lay this newspaper and ask this senate to please look at the attempt at driving a wedge between the south-east senators and the northern senators, because it was said here that the northern senators made a demand for which the south-east senators reluctantly agreed.
“Some people are bent on making sure that there is no peace but I know that God will not allow them.”

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