- A high court has ordered the arrest of Chidi Lloyd, former majority leader of the Rivers state House of Assembly
- He was asked to be produced for his attempted murder trial in Port Harcourt
- The two bench warrants was ordered following the absence of Chidi Lloyd and his counsels at the court
Two bench warrants have been issued by a high court in Port Harcourt, directing the Rivers state police commissioner to arrest Chidi Lloyd, former majority leader of the Rivers state House of Assembly.
Justice Chinwendu Nwogu of the Rivers state high court 19, who ordered that Lloyd must be produced for his attempted murder trial said he should be detained at the Port Harcourt Federal Prisons till the next adjourned dates for his attempted murder trial.
The justice gave the order following the absence of Chidi Lloyd and his counsels at the court.
Consequently, the matter was adjourned to January 10, 2019 for the Police to produce Chidi Lloyd to take his plea, Vanguard reports.
The news outlet reported that lawyers to Chidi Lloyd were in court on Wednesday, December 5, when their objection was dismissed and on Thursday, appeared and registered their names before the court, only to disappear when the case was mentioned.
Chief Godwin Obla (SAN), counsel to the Rivers state government, while addressing the media said the state is ready for the expeditious trial of the former lawmaker.
”The defendant’s absence was not excused at all. On the basis of that, we applied for bench warrants to be issued for the two different cases to compel the appearance of the defendant in court on the next adjourned date of 10th January, 2019.
“Two bench warrants have now been issued mandating the commissioner of police of Rivers state to arrest and to detain Chidi Lloyd in Port Harcourt prison till the next adjourned date and to produce the defendant in court on the next adjourned date."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Lloyd lost properties worth millions following an attack on his house by hoodlums in Akpabu community, Emohua local government area of the state.
According to a report, the attack on Lloyd’s house came barely 24 hours after he suffered a heavy setback as an Appeal Court upheld the election of Sam Ogeh, his opponent in the March 19, 2016 Rivers state House of Assembly rerun election.
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