Rivers government takes over prosecution of PDP chieftains

 Rivers government takes over prosecution of PDP chieftains

The Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in
Rivers State, Samuel Nwonosike, has been arraigned before the Port
Harcourt Magistrate Court for alleged violation of the Electoral
Act.

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Nwonosike was arraigned alongside over thirty others, including
Rowland Sekibo, Odiari Princewill and Darlington Orji, who were arrested
during the conduct of the supplementary elections in Etche and Omuma
local government areas last Saturday.

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The accused persons were slammed with three counts of misdeamenor,
unlawful assembly and act capable of causing fear and panic during the
elections.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charges. While Nwonosike and three
other former local government chairmen were granted bail on self
recognition, the other accused persons were granted bail in the sum of
one hundred thousand naira each.
The Presiding Magistrate, Sokari Andrew-Jaja also directed the
accused persons, with the exception of the four former government
officials, to provide three sureties and two passport photographs each.
The Magistrate also granted an application by the Director of Public
Prosecution, Ibikiri Oturubio, for the Rivers State Government to take
over the trial of the accused persons.

Sighting some sections of the constitution, Ibikiri said the Rivers
State government had the right to take over the prosecution of the
accused persons.
“We have taken over the matter. The law allows us to do so. You heard when I quoted some relevant sections of the constitution.
“The matter is no longer with the police. We will prosecute this matter the way it is supposed to,” the DPP said.

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