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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

COURT UPDATE: PROSECUTORS AND NIGERIA POLICE OFFICERS ABSCOND FROM IPOB COURT CASE IN ABAKILIKI

COURT UPDATE: PROSECUTORS AND NIGERIA POLICE OFFICERS ABSCOND FROM IPOB COURT CASE IN ABAKILIKI



Ogeh Friday Igiri
Reporting For Family Writers Press

The court case between the Ebonyi State chapter of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Nigerian Police Force earlier scheduled for hearing on Tuesday 25th September 2018, could not be entertained after all. It has been re-scheduled for Thursday 25th October 2018, one month interval. The reason advanced for the postponement hinged on the failure of the presiding judge, Justice Stella Ugoeke of the Magistrate Court as well as the prosecuting Nigerian Police Force, to attend.

It should be recalled that the Nigerian Police Department of Anti-Kidnapping, in Abakiliki, the Ebonyi State Capital, arrested seven members of the IPOB family on the 25th of March 2018, on their way to the burial of late John Nwoke, who served as the deputy welfare officer of IPOB in Ebonyi State. The accused were arrested at Effium in Ohaukwu local government area of the State. Those arrested were Ogbuka Franklin, Chukwu Jacinta, Pius Iziriga, Eze Daniel Obinna, Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya - the IPOB Ebonyi State Coordinator, amongst others.

Since the Nigerian Police took the case to court, it has suffered series of adjournments. The IPOB defense counsel, Barrister Cyril Orogwu in the company of his colleagues and hundreds of IPOB, Ebonyi State family members, thronged out enmass at the Abakiliki Magistrate Court for hearing, but were disappointed as both the presiding judge and the Nigerian police woefully failed to appear, thereby precipitating further adjournment to Thursday 25th of October 2018.

The IPOB legal counsel, Barrister Cyril Orogwu encouraged IPOB family members to always show solidarity whenever the matter is called up because at the end of it all, freedom will be undeniably achieved. The IPOB Ebonyi State Coordinator, Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya warmly appreciated the State family members who physically sacrificed with their presence in the court premises as well as those who could not make it. He charged them to remain resolute and undeterred in the struggle for the total emancipation of the people of Ebonyi and that of the restoration of Biafra in general. "We appreciate you for keeping it on till date. We shall stop at nothing but freedom, because Chukwu Okike Abiama (God Almighty) is with us", he further remarked.

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