Clash in Abia State: Police make arrests


    Police make arrests following clash in Umuahia

    Police in Umuahia, Abia State have arrested ten members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over the clash with soldiers from the 14 Brigade Ohafia at the popular Isi Gate on Monday, 4th Sept 2017.

    The men were arraigned before Chief Magistrate L.Ugbaja in Umuahia on an eight-count charge of conspiracy to commit a felony to wit, riotous assembly punishable under section 516A of the criminal code law cap 80, Vol- 3 laws of Abia state 2005.

    The suspects include: Maduka Okoro, 42; Kelechi C. Okoro 29; Onyekachi Eyera 33; David Eke 38; Udochukwu Omekara 34 and Chinedu Ogbonna. Others are Chukwudi Mmesoronye, 24; Okwudiri Nwagwu, 41; Ihedigbo Monday, 45 and Sunday Eze, 25. Other charges leveled against the suspects include; act to commit a misdemeanor and malicious damage to property; taking part in the riotous act; willfully and unlawfully breaking the wind shield of a Toyota Hilux pick up truck, a property of the Nigerian army; resisting arrest and injuring a soldier Eze Kenneth. In his argument, counsel to the suspects G. I. Chinonye said the soldiers had no business being at Isigate extorting money from motorists and that the suspects had the rights to bail. Having heard the argument, the Chief Magistrate granted the suspects bail of N400,000 each and sureties whom would produce the same amount of money. The Chief Magistrate also specified that the sureties must tender before the court evidence of three years tax clearance. The case was adjourned till Monday, September 18, for further hearing.



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