The governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the Anambra Election, has disclosed why he wants to visit the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, at the Department of State Service (DSS) detention.
Ubah, in an application filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, filed on October 15 by his counsel, Agugoesi Ikem, said he wants to visit Kanu in DSS custody as part of his oversight legislative functions.
The Senator representing Anambra South in the National Assembly said as a lawmaker from the zone, he took it upon himself to ask the IPOB leader of his involvement in the South East killings and violence.
Ubah added that he was bound by the oath he took to ensure peace and security not only in the region but in the entire country, adding that he filed the application in order to obtain a court order to direct the DSS to allow him access to Kanu.
It reads in part: “That I state that as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is one of my responsibilities to ensure the promotion of the Constitution of Nigeria and other laws of Nigeria.
“That I know that the Defendant in this matter was arrested and brought into Nigeria by the Department of State Services(DSS) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and since he was brought into Nigeria, he had been detained at the detention facility of the DSS pending his trial.
“That I know that by the Constitution of Nigeria every citizen, including the Defendant, that is charged with an offence is presumed innocent until the charge is proven.
“That I know that the Defendant was charged with several offences and the DSS had only produced him on one occasion in court.
“That there is an allegation that criminalities are being championed by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra under the leadership of the detained Defendant; an allegation which has been denied severally; yet the situation continues to worsen.
“That I visited and intend to visit the Defendant in my capacity as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and for purposes of attempting to ameliorate and fashion a meeting point or create a discussion table aimed at reducing tension and quelling the agitation and killings in the South East.”
However, no date has been fixed to hear the application.