MASSOB Members Arraigned, Granted Bail in Ebonyi

 

Ninety two members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Tuesday, were charged to court, in Abakaliki, Ebony State.

The suspects were arrested during their anniversary celebration in the state, Monday.

The Court premises was jam packed with heavily armed policemen.

However, the Magistrate Court granted them bail.

The Police Command had stormed Nkaliki Primary School, Abakaliki Local Government Area the state, venue of an inter-denominational service by the group and arrested many members mid way into prayer session to commemorate the 2016 Biafra Day.

They were arraigned on a four count charge of conspiracy, belonging to an unlawful society, membership of unlawful group and possession of items calling for the declaration of Biafra.

All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges after the charges were read to them,

Counsel to the accused persons, Jerry Ezenyi, in his argument made application for their bail saying that their offence was bailable.

But the prosecution counsel, Adeola Elumaru, opposed the bail application and said that the accused persons had been arrested in the past for same offence.

In her ruling, the trial Magistrate, Stella Ogoke granted the accused persons bail with N500, 000 and seven sureties who must be within the magisterial jurisdiction.

She said the sureties must be civil servants or businessmen and adjourned the matter to July, 18, 2016 for definite hearing.

Author: News Editor

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