The Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Chidi Lloyd was on Thursday discharged and acquitted by a High Court in Port Harcourt over an attempted murder charge filed against him.
While delivering the ruling, Justice Ledan Nyordee said there was nothing the court could do in the matter as the police was not willing to prosecute the case.
Lloyd was arrested and charged with attempted murder of Mr Michael Chinda, (PDP- Obio/Akpor 11) in the state legislature. After a video of the fracas went viral, Lloyd was alleged to have hit Chinda on the head with a mace during a fight between the supporters of Gov. Chibuike Ameachi and anti-Amaechi legislators in July 2013.
The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice had written the court to inform it that the police did not send the case file to his office.
Justice Nyordee said the court was handicapped in the matter as the police was not willing to prosecute the case and cited the relevant section of the constitution to support the court’s decision.
Due to the police force’s “inability’’ to make the case file available the Attorney-General, the case underwent several adjustments.
Mr Beluolisa Nwaofor (SAN), counsel to the accused person, told newsmen that “my client is free as far as this matter is concerned. You will recall that the attorney-general and commissioner for justice had written the court to inform it that the police did not send the case file to his office’’.