The Magistrate court sitting in Abakaliki the capital city of Ebonyi state failed to hear the case between the Nigeria police and the IPOB scheduled for hearing after series of adjournment since the matter was brought before the court by the Nigeria police since March 2018.

Recall that the Nigeria police department of anti-kidnapping squad in Abakaliki on March, 24 2018 arrested seven out of the members of IPOB in Abakaliki province who were attending the funeral of late John Nwoke the Ebonyi state IPOB deputy welfare officer at Effuim in Ohaukwu LGA Ebonyi state, who died on January 2018 after a brief illness.

They were charged to the magistrate court in Abakaliki by the Nigeria police on the case bothering on unlawful society, the case which was presided by Magistrate Stellar Ugoeke was heard and they were granted bail on March 28, 2018.

Meanwhile, the case has suffered series of adjournment since they were granted bail. And on Tuesday, July 17 2018 members of IPOB with the accused persons, Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya, Chukwu Jacinta, Aka Onyekachi, Ogbuka Franklin, Pius Iziriga, Eze Daniel Obinna and Onyibe Ikenna went to the court to witness the hearing but was dismayed when they were told that the court cannot hear their case that day having stayed and waited for the whole working hours within the court premises with the anticipation to be called for hearing.

The Nigeria police department of anti-kidnapping squad which were the prosecutors was not seen in the court for the case on Tuesday, July 17 2018.

Nevertheless, the counsel to the IPOB who were standing for and on behalf of IPOB legal team, Barrister Orogwu Cyril while addressing the members of IPOB said that the hearing of the case could not hold due to reasons best known to the court, but August 25, 2018 has been selected for the hearing of the case.

Written by:
Ogeh Friday Igiri
For: Ebonyi State Media

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