14 IPOB Members Arraigned, Remanded in Abia as Kanu’s Lawyer Sues Army over Whereabouts of IPOB Leader

A Magistrate Court in Abia State, has remanded 14 members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Aba Federal Prison.
This as Ifeanyi Ejiofor lawyer to IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, filed a suit against the Nigerian Army and Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, asking them to produce his client in court.
The Magistrate court sitting in Aba North Local Government Area of the State presided over by Ogbonna Adiele gave the remand order on Wednesday after they were arraigned.
Those remanded include Anthony Nnamani(20 years), Chima Chukwumere(22 years), Kingsley Sunday (21 years), Michael Onyedikachi(26 years), Eze Okereke(25 years), Christian Sylvester (45 years), Etim Effiong Ade(22 years), Emmanuel Onwukwe(29 years), Ndubuisi Ukoha(29 years), Ogbonna Nwaji(24 years), Salvation Stephen (22 years), Chizoba Nwosu(21 years), Ejike Elom(21 years) and Kelechi Anusie(26 years) were arraigned on 8 count charges: conspiracy, murder, arson, unlawful association, unlawful assembly, stealing with other two charges dealing on burning of the Ariaria Divisional Police Headquarters building and the cars at the premises.
While the Police Prosecutor, Gabriel Ogbonna urged the court to commence trial since according to him, the court has the jurisdiction to hear the matter, counsel to the 1st, 2nd and 5th accused persons, Barrister Charles Onuchukwu objected to the prosecutor’s position as he stressed that the court does not have the jurisdiction to hear cases of murder as contained on count 2 of the charge shee
Onuchukwu also argued that the issue of “holding charge” was unconstitutional and unknown to law.
The trial magistrate after listening to the submissions of the prosecutor and counsel to the accused persons ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody and ordered that the case file be transferred to the office of the Attorney General for advice
The case was adjourned to 4th of October for report of compliance.
Recall the court had on September 18 remanded seven other accused IPOB members in prison custody following charges on terrorism, kidnapping and use of offensive weapons preferred against them in charge sheets; 132C/2017 and MAN/133C/2017.
Meanwhile, Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer Ifeanyi Ejiofor sued the Nigerian Army asking it to produce the IPOB leader in court.
In an application filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, Ejiofor asked the court to compel the army to produce Kanu in court, adding since invasion of his Afaraukwu country home in Abia by the army, he has not set his eyes on him.
In a draft copy of the motion reported to have been instituted on Wednesday, Ejiofor held that the Chief of Army Staff was in the best position to produce Kanu in court.
The suit stated that this was because, Kanu was last seen on September 14, after troops invaded his house in Afara-ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia Abia State, “on a murderous raid, where life and mortar bullets were fired on unarmed and defenseless populace, leaving 28 persons dead and abducting many”.
He said: “The situation is serious. My client’s whereabouts has remained unknown. His entire house has been shattered with bullets and missiles”

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