The personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday arrested the senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, where he went to attend a function.
It was gathered that the security personnel took him to his Abuja residence to conduct a search alongside his lawyers.
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.
It was not clear why the lawmaker was arrested, but Abaribe has been very critical of President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration’s policies in recent times.
It is also believed that his arrest is not unconnected to the surety he stood for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
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 Kanu.
Alongside Tochukwu Uchendu and Emmanuel Shallom Ben, Abaribe signed a bond for the bail granted the IPOB leader in April 2017.
Kanu has not been seen in public since September when soldiers invaded his residence and Abaribe has been under pressure to produce him.
But Abaribe, later in the year, asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the undertaken he took on behalf of 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.