This is not the best of time for the seven pro-Biafra agitators in Asaba as the city’s Chief Magistrate remanded them in prison custody over alleged murder of three police officers.
The accused include Ifeanyi Ani (25), Emehelu Harrison (25), Joseph Iheanacho (45), Izuchukwu Okpara (27), Dickson Anyamene (23), Chisom Obiakonwa (19) and Chigozie Ogbuzuru (31).
Their ordeal started in Asaba on May 30, 2016 during a demonstration by pro-Biafra agitators including members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
The accused persons are facing trial over alleged murder of three officers including ASP Genesis Akagha, Sgt. Itoro Thompson and Cpl. Biosu Onyeka of the Delta State Police Command.
Charges leveled against the accused persons include cultism, conspiracy, and membership of unlawful society and illegal possession of arms.
The offences, according to the charge sheet, are punishable under various sections of the Criminal Code, Cap C.21 Vol.1 Laws of Delta State of Nigeria 2006, and the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism/Terrorism Cap C.28 Law No. 8 of Delta State of Nigeria, 2013.
Their plea was not taken by the court presided over by F.I. Dikeh, who ordered that they should be remanded in prison custody, and adjourned the matter to July 11 for mention.
According to count one, the accused persons conspired to commit felony to wit: murder and thereby committed an offence on May 30 within the Asaba Magisterial District.
In counts two, three and four, the accused persons “did unlawfully murdered” ASP Genesis Akagha, Sgt. Itoro Thompson and Cpl. Biosu Onyeka by firing them with guns.
The accused persons were alleged to have conspired among themselves to commit felony to wit: “belonging to unlawful society/cultism” in count five.
In count six, they were accused of belonging to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) “which is an unlawful society whose aims and objectives are inimical and against the orderliness and peaceful co-existence of the state which is an organised system of intimidation.”
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