Maina’s Bail: Arewa Group Describes Ndume’s Detention as Unfair, Selective
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), has described as unfair, and selective application of justice the arrest and detention of Senator Ali Ndume, for standing surety for a former Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.
A Federal High Court in Abuja had on Monday ordered the remand of Senator Ndume over his inability to produce Maina, who had jumped bail in respect of his ongoing N2bn money laundering trial.
National President of AYCF, Alh. Yerima Shettima, in statement noted that Ndume’s arrest “amounts to setting bad example if Senator Abaribe, who stood surety for terrorist Nnamdi Kanu is still walking the streets as a free man.”
According to him, “in the interest of equity, fairness and balance, Senator Abaribe should be immediately arrested and remanded in prison too, until IPOB’s Kanu is turned it or he turns himself in.
“We cannot fathom why Senator Abaribe, who secured bail for IPOB’s Kanu whose action has since been declared treasonable and terror to the country (and still on the run) has never ever been sanctioned for standing surety.
“Both Ndume and Abaribe are senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and therefore Abaribe cannot be said to be higher in status than Ndume. Both are lawmakers by the grace of our national constitution and the votes of their constituents.
“Most importantly, we have a duty as a country to demonstrate that in this country, no one citizen is above the other. Significantly, Ndume’s case is such that Maina is still a “suspect” being tried by the law and no sentence has yet been handed down by any court of competent jurisdiction. Still,this cannot be said of Nnamdi Kanu and his treason case.”
He said as youth group, “we are therefore very disturbed that this is happening to Ndume at a moment democratic power is mainly in the hands of people from Ndume’s immediate constituency. It is this kind of development that gives room for people to accuse the Federal Government of selective application of justice.
“We therefore call on President Buhari to intervene and put an end to this embarrassing selectivity against one of the North’s exceptionally-vocal, fearless and pro-masses member of the National Assembly.”