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Thursday, 19 July 2018

BIAFRA: ABAKILIKI MAGISTRATE COURT FAILS TO HEAR IPOB VERSUS POLICE CASE AGAIN

BIAFRA: ABAKILIKI MAGISTRATE COURT FAILS TO HEAR IPOB VERSUS POLICE CASE AGAIN



Ogeh Friday Igiri
Reporting For Family Writers Press

The Magistrate Court sitting in Abakiliki, the Ebonyi State Capital, has failed yet again to entertain the case brought before it by the Nigerian Police against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The case was initially scheduled for hearing on Tuesday 17th July 2018, after series of previous adjournments since the month of March 2018.

The Nigerian Police Anti-kidnapping Department Squad in Abakiliki had on the 24th of March 2018, arrested seven IPOB members within Abakiliki Province. They were picked up during the funeral of late member of the family, Mazi John Nwoke, the Ebonyi State IPOB Deputy Welfare Officer whose demise took place in the month of January 2018, following a brief illness.

The arrested IPOB family members were charged by the Police to the Abakiliki Magistrate Court on a case bordering on "unlawful society" before the Presiding Judge, Justice Stella Ugoeke. The case was earlier heard and the accused were duly granted bail on the 28th of March 2018.

However, it had suffered series of adjournments after their bail was effected. Meanwhile, appearing in Court for proceedings on Tuesday 17th July 2018, the IPOB family members who thronged the court premises with the accused - Igwe Ogbonnaya, Chukwu Jacinta, Aka Onyekachi, Ogbuka Franklin, Pius Iziriga, Eze Daniel Obinna and Onyibe Ikenna, were disappointed. They were belatedly told that the case would not be entertained after all, despite their fruitless wait for almost the whole working hours.

The IPOB defense counsel, Barrister Orogwu Cyril in his address to the IPOB family members, stated that the case could not be heard as scheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. Hearing on the matter was however re-fixed for 25th August, 2018

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