- The police accuse nine Jewish worshippers of carrying out acts of terrorism and with the intent to frighten one ASP Justus Ogar of Nigeria police, Abia state command
- The magistrate orders that the matter be transferred to the high court where the accused have the right to apply for their bail
Nine Jewish worshippers have been remanded in Afara prison custody by a magistrate court 7 sitting in Umuahia north local government area of Abia state for allegedly supporting a secessionist cause in the southeast.
The Nation reports that the prosecutor alleged that the worshippers were arrested by the police when they visited the country home of one of their leaders and leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to hold their Shabbat Celebration and to pray for Kanu, whom they said has been missing since 2017.
The charge sheet listed the names of the arrested persons to include: Nkama Agha (30years), Ifeanyichukwu Anukwua (33yrs), Elder Ifeanyi Nwafor (53yrs), Linus Njoku Ede (44yrs), Mzi Donatus Nwadike (75yrs), Chukwuemeka Adaenyi (32yrs), Uche Ikechukwu (45yrs), Akelibo Okurishi (25yrs) and Nwaeke Nehemiah Oguguo (27yrs).
“That the above persons and others at large on May 13, at Afaraukwu in Umuahia North were arrested while they were carrying out their act of terrorism and with the intent to frighten one ASP Justus Ogar of Nigeria Police, Abia State Command and his team and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 12(a) of the Abia State Prohibition of terrorism, kidnapping, hostage taking, use of Offensive weapons or Explosives and other threatening Behaviour Law 2009,” the charge read.
During their arraignment, counsel to the accused persons 6 -9, Chief Godwin Chionye and Alloy Ejimakor, argued that it was wrong for police to arraign the accused persons before a court that doesn’t have the jurisdiction to try the matter.
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After listening to the argument, the magistrate ordered that the matter be transferred to the High Court where the accused have the right to apply for their bail.
He then adjourned the matter for Wednesday, May 30, for compliance.
In other news, security was on Monday, May 14, beefed up at the National Assembly, Abuja, ahead of expected resumption of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege following Thursday’s Abuja High Court nullification of his suspension by the Senate.
Strengthening of security arrangement at the complex, especially around the Senate Chambers is to forestall likely security breach as recorded on April 18, when some hoodlums stormed the chambers and made away with the Mace.
The incident which occurred while plenary was ongoing in the chambers was linked to Omo-Agege, who defied the suspension order on him and attended the proceedings, accompanied by some strange fellows into the chamber.
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