The Nigeria police force department of Anti Kidnapping Squad in Abakaliki the capital city of Ebonyi state on Tuesday 27 March, 2018 brought the members of Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) they abducted on Saturday 24 March, 2018 while they were attending the funeral rite of their late member Mazi John Nwoke who died on January 8, 2018 after a brief illness at Effium to the magistrate court 1 Abakaliki to answer for the charge levelled against them  by the Police which bothers on unlawful society.

The Anti Kidnapping squad brought them to court around the hour of 10:00 o'clock in the morning, members of IPOB in Ebonyi state and beyond gathered within the court premises waiting for the case to be called for hearing but to no avail, as the magistrate who was to preside over the case Stellar Ugoeke failed to appear in the court till 4:00 o'clock in the evening when the IPOB counsel, Barrister C. N. Orogwu who was to stand for the accused persons came and broke the silent on the information related to them that the magistrate will no longer be in the court to hear the matter brought to her table that day, rather the next day being Wednesday 28 March, 2018.

Recalled that the accused persons were abducted while trying to fix one of the buses they were travelling to Effium for the funeral rite of late John Nwoke who was the deputy welfare officer Ebonyi state IPOB with. Those abducted include: Pius Izirigi, Ikenna Onyibe, Eze Daniel Obinna, Ogbuka Franklin, Aka Oyekachi, Chukwu Jacinta and Igwe Ogbonnaya.

They were taken back to the Nigeria police state headquarters where they are remanded following the inability of the magistrate from coming to preside over the case.

One would ask why this kind of delay in the judicial system of Nigeria even when the law says that one should be charged to court at least 24 hours after an arrest is being made. 

Written by:
Ogeh Friday Igiri
For: Ebonyi State Media

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