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30 suspected IPOB members remanded in prison after violent attack in Rivers state

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A magistrate court sitting in Port Harcourt has ordered the remand of 30 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in prison custody.

The court on Thursday, September 14, ordered that the suspects be held in prison pending hearing on their matter.

Punch reports that the suspects were arrested on Tuesday, September 12, by some police officers of the Rivers state command for their alleged involvement in violent acts.

The IPOB members were accused of breaching the peace in Oyigbo local government area of Rivers state.

However, nine out of the 30 IPOB members were accused of killing a police sergeant, Steven Daniel, during the crisis which continued on Wednesday, September 13.

All the accused persons were charged with treason, armed robbery, felony, unlawful assembly, unlawful protest and other crimes in a suit no: PMC/1936c/2017 and PMC/1935c/2017.

The court also did not take plea of the accused person as the Chief Magistrate Amadi Amadi-Nna directed the registrar to remit the case file to the director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.

Amadi-Nna also adjourned the matter indefinitely.

Reacting to the court’s ruling, the prosecution counsel, Enoch George, said the police is determined to ensure that the suspects are prosecuted according to law.

George, who is a superintendent of police, said: “Naturally, the defendants have their lawyers and they also raised legal issues that the court does not have jurisdiction over.”

“They (defendants) also said that the court should strike out the charges and discharge them. But we, the prosecutors, decided that the charge on which they were brought to court was very heavy and weighty.

“Some of the accused persons were charged under Section 319 of the Code of Criminal Justice Law in Rivers State, which is murder, while some were charged under Section 69, 70, which is unlawful assembly, procession and others and some of them were charged with treasonable felony.”

Source – Naij

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Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Treason’ Trial In Absentia

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Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Treason’ Trial In Absentia

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, is set to commence the trial of the leader of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The trial of the IPOB leader has been scheduled for November 26th and will see five prosecution witnesses lined up to testify against Kanu.

Also Read: Wike Ordered Police, Army To Kill IPOB Members, Nnamdi Kanu Alleges

This was disclosed in a hearing notice served on the prosecution team in the office of the attorney general and Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.

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Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days

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JUST IN: Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days

Abdulrasheed Maina’s son

House of Representatives member, Umar Sani Dan Galadima has been asked to produce Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, who is believed to have jumped bail on or before December 4.

Faisal is being prosecuted before the court on money laundering related offences and was granted bail in 2019.

Honorable Galadima who is representing Kaura Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State is standing surety for Faisal after signing a N60 million bond.

Also Read: BREAKING: Court Fixes Date For Ndume’s Bail Application

Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Wednesday ordered Dan Galadima, who was present in court, to show cause by December 4 why he should either not forfeit the N60 million he pledged while taking Faisal on bail, or be sent to prison until he is able to produce the defendant.

Recall that on Monday, Justice Abang sentenced Senator Ali Ndume who is a surety for the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team who has also jumped bail.

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Lawyer Dumps Maina, Applies To Quit Case

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Lawyer Dumps Abdulrasheed Maina, Applies To Quit Case

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Adeola Adedipe, a lawyer hired by Abulrasheed Maina, ex-Chairman of defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), in his ongoing trial for money laundering, has applied to quit the case.

Maina’s lawyer who is also representing the company of the former PRTT Chairman – Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, informed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja at the resumption of proceedings in the case on Wednesday, that he has filed a notice, indicating his intention to withdraw from further representing his client.

Also Read: Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

Adedipe revealed that his brief has not been perfected due to the failure of his client to pay.

He apologised to the federal court presided over Justice Okon Abang for being absent from proceedings during some of the recent adjournments.

 

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