Friday, 3 March 2017

Magistrate Court Discharges 35 IPOB Members

35 members of the indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB who were arrested during a solidarity rally for US President, Donald Trump have been discharged and acquitted by a magistrate court sitting in port-harcourt.

Accoring to Magistrate Sokari Andrew-Jaja who presided over the case, the IPOB members were dischared because of lack of diligent prosecution by the Police and Director of Public Prosecution in Rivers state.

The Chief Magistrate criticized the Police and the DPP for allowing the court remand the suspects for 37 days.

While speaking with journalists, Counsel to the IPOB members, David Onyema accused the police of deliberately keeping the arrested suspects in remand for no absolute reason.

“This matter has been adjourned several times simply because the Police and DPP failed to come up with any evidence against my clients.

“Those men have been remanded in prison for more than thirty days. Then why do you keep holding if you don’t have anything against them.

“The Magistrate told them that if there is no noble course against the defendants it will be in the interest of the Police and the DPP to stand down the trial".

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