An Enugu Magistrate’s court, yesterday remanded a Catholic priest in prison custody over alleged attack on policemen investigating issues arising from the crisis in his parish in Enugu State.
Arraigned alongside three other parishioners, the priest was charged with assault and unlawful attempt to kill one Inspector Cosmos Nzeribe and a team of police officers attached to police headquarters, Enugu.
Hundreds of the priest’s supporters besieged the court wearing long faces, as he was being taken to the prison.
He was said to be having a running battle with the Bishop of Awgu Catholic Diocese.
Presiding Magistrate, E.M. Egumgbe, remanded the suspects in prison custody, saying their bail application can only be granted by a high court.
Speaking to newsmen after the court session, counsel to the priest, Ray Nnaji said that his client was sent to prison on trumped up charges.
Nnaji said the policemen beat up the priest after stripping him naked and detained him.
He said: “I have been following this matter for some time.
“We know quite well that beating up the police is condemnable, though the priest has said he has no business with beating the police and did not tell anyone to beat the police.”