Enyinnaya Abaribe

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Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe
Senator for Abia-South
Assumed office
May 29, 2007
Preceded by Adolphus Wabara
Deputy Governor of Abia State
In office
May 29, 1999 – March 7, 2003
Governor Orji Uzor Kalu
Personal details
Born (1955-03-01) 1 March 1955 (age 63)
Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Political party PDP (formerly ANPP)
Spouse(s) Florence Nwamaka (nee Morris)
Children Three Children,; Chinonyerem Alali, Obinna Ikechukwu, Ikenna Enyinnaya Nwabueze

Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe (born March 1, 1955) is a Nigerian politician who was elected to the Abia-South Senatorial District of Abia State in the Senate of Nigeria in April 2007. [1] He holds the title Nwadiohanma Ngwa.


Abaribe earned his WASSCE from Government College Umuahia in 1974. He went on to the University of Benin, where he received a bachelor's degree economics in 1979 and a master's degree in economics in 1982. He lectured at Edo State University from 1982 until 1985.[2]

Business career[edit]

From 1985 until 1991, he was SCOA Nigeria's area manager for Southern Nigeria. After that, from 1991 to 1992, he was employed as Nicon's senior manager for investment. From 1993 until 1995 he was the CEO of Integrated Mortgage Co.[2]

Political career[edit]

Deputy governorship and gubernatorial run[edit]

Abaribe became Abia State's Deputy Governor after Orji Uzor Kalu's 1999 election to the Governorship. The state's House of Assembly impeached the deputy governor twice in 2000[3] and a third time in 2003; as he was facing his third impeachment, he resigned on March 7, 2003, sending his resignation via DHL so as to have written record of it.[4] The House of Assembly formally voted him out of office several days later, in a move Abaribe called "medicine after death".[5] He was succeeded as deputy governor by Eric Acho Nwakanma Abaribe ran for the governorship on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform in 2003, but lost to Kalu.

Senatorial career[edit]

Abaribe was elected to the national Senate in 2007 on a People's Democratic Party (PDP) ticket;[2] Eric Acho Nwakanma of the PPA challenged the validity of the election.[6]

Abaribe is Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Affairs (Senator Abdulaziz Usman of Jigawa-North East is Chairman).[7] He is also a member of the Committees on the Independent National Electoral Commission, Senate Services, and Works.[2] In October 2007, as Ralph Uwazuruike, leader of the banned secessionist organization Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), was on trial for treason, Abaribe and six other southeastern senators protested at the Federal High Court in Lagos to demand his release.[8]

Abaribe was reelected for Abia South in the April 2011 election.[9] He is currently the chairman Senate Committee on Media and Publicity

Abaribe was re-elected to the Nigerian 8th senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015 and is currently representing the people of Abia South Senatorial District in the upper chamber.

Arrest and Release[edit]

On June 22, 2018, Abaribe was arrested by the Department of State Security Services (DSS) at his barber shop located at Transcorp Hilton Hotel,[10] Abuja for his alleged links with the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) being one of the sureties to the IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, he was taken to his house for a search and was later taken to the DSS dention in Abuja.[11] He was released the next Tuesday,26th June, 2018 on bail.[12]


  1. ^ "Sen. Abaribe Enyinnaya Harcourt". National Assembly of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Senator Enyinnaya Harkcourt Abaribe". National Assembly of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  3. ^ Epia, Oke (2004-09-05). "Abia: Kalu Vs the Ngwa Rage". This Day Online. Leader & Company. Archived from the original on 2005-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  4. ^ Abaribe, Enyinnaya; interviewed by Chuks Okocha (2003-03-20). "'Why I Sent My Resignation Letter By Courier'". This Day Online. Leaders & Company. Archived from the original on 2007-06-24. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  5. ^ Mu’asu, Auwalu S. (2003-03-19). "My impeachment was an after thought –Abaribe". Daily Trust (BiafraNigeriaWorld). Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  6. ^ Owete, Festus (2007-10-13). "Abaribe Petitions NJC Over Abia Chief Judge". Daily Independent Online. Independent Newspapers. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  7. ^ "Senate Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Affairs". National Assembly of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  8. ^ Ige, Ise-Oluwa (2007-10-03). "S-East Senators storm court, demand Uwazuruike's release". Vanguard Online. Vanguard Media. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  9. ^ ORJI UZOR KALU (10 April 2011). "Orji Kalu Fails; Abaribe, Chukwumerije, Nwaogu Reelected Senators". Online Nigeria. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  10. ^ https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/06/26/dss-releases-senator-abaribe/amp/
  11. ^ https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/06/dss-releases-abaribe-5-days-incarceration/
  12. ^ https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/274936-how-sss-arrested-detained-me-for-days-abaribe.html

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