- A state lawmaker in Imo state, Hercules Okoro, has been remanded in prison
- Okoro reportedly assaulted the deputy speaker of the House, Amarachi Iwuanyanwu
- The lawmaker, however, pleaded not guilty to the counts preferred against him
Hercules Okoro, a member of the Imo House of Assembly, who represents Ohaji Egbema state constituency, has been remanded in an Owerri correctional facility over an alleged assault.
PM reports that an Owerri magistrate court presided over by D.V. Okoroji made the order on Monday, November 16.
Legit.ng gathered that Okoro, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was arrested on November 13, following an altercation between him and deputy speaker of the House, Amarachi Iwuanyanwu, also an APC member.
Okoro was arraigned and charged with an eight-count assault. He, however, pleaded not guilty.
It was gathered that before Okoro was remanded in prison, his lawyer Amandibuogu Osondu asked for his bail.
He argued that the offence is bailable and that incarcerating his client further was against justice.
The prosecuting counsel, T Okee said that he needed more time to respond to the bail request.
In his ruling, Magistrate Okoroji advised the parties to exchange briefs.
He adjourned the case till November 18.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Hope Uzodimma said that after David Umahi joins the All Progressives Congress (APC), more governors from the opposition would defect to the ruling party.
It was reported that the Imo state governor made the statement on Monday, November 16, when he visited the APC national secretariat in Abuja.
He noted that it was important for the southeast to be part of the APC in the interest of national integration and cohesion.
Uzodimma disclosed that he visited the party’s headquarters to have a discussion with the APC national chairman and some members of the party's national working committee.
In another report, Governor Uzodinma openly backed the proposed move to regulate social media in Nigeria.
Uzodinma made his position known on Thursday, November 5, when the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu, paid him a visit in Owerri, the capital of Imo.
He raised concerns over social media as he added that social media is being used to cause trouble in the country.
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