Court remands 14 IPOB members in prison

An Aba magistrate court has remanded 14 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in prison for arson and murder.

What happened:

  • The Police had arrested IPOB members after clashing with soldiers in the South East.
  • A Police sergeant was also allegedly killed by members of the group.
  • IPOB members were also alleged to have burnt down two mosques in their region.

The suspects:

Anthony Nnamani, Chima Chukwumere, Kingsley Sunday, Michael Onyediakchi, Eze Okereke, Christian Sylvester, Etim Effiong, Emmanuel Onwukwe , Ndubuisis Ukoha, Ogbonna Nwaji, Salvation Stephen, Chizoba Nwosu, Ejike Elom and kelechi Anusie.

The charges:

The suspects were arraigned on an 8 count charge which includes the murder of ASP Cyril Nwosu,the burning of the Ariaria Police station and exhibit vehicles as well as theft of pump action rifle belonging to the Police.

Prosecuting counsel, ASP Nnamdi Ogbonna, held that the court has jurisdiction to make an order on the matter and pleaded with the court to commence the trial.

Presiding Magistrate, Ogbonna Adiele directed the Police to submit the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, and adjourned to October 4, 2017, for report on compliance.

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