Court remands Ebonyi LP senatorial candidate on murder charges

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The Magistrate’s Court in Ebonyi on Tuesday ordered the remand of Linus Okorie, the Ebonyi Labour Party Senatorial Candidate and ex-lawmaker, at the Nigeria Correctional Centre in Abakaliki for alleged conspiracy and murder.

The Magistrate, Linda Ogodo, ordered the remand over lack of jurisdiction.

The accused was charged on April 5, for conspiring among others to commit the felony of murder, promoting inter-communal war and thereby committing an offence punishable under section 516A of Criminal Code Law, Cap 33 volume 1 Law of Ebonyi 2009.

The count charges No. MAB/574/2022 against Mr Okorie and others at large on the same date and place in the aforesaid Magistrate district, unlawfully causing the death of Donatus Okoro.

The offence is punishable under section 319 of the criminal code law, Cap 33 vol. 1 laws of Ebonyi 2009.

Meanwhile, Chikodili Nome, the lead counsel for Mr. Okorie, alleged that the intention of the charges against his client was to keep him behind bars and weaken him and his supporters.

Mr Nome also alleged that the state government was resorting to self-help.

He stated that some charges in the magistrate’s jurisdiction were to be entertained and be granted bail.

“We have seen details of the charges. What happened here today is an abuse of judicial proceedings.

“Anyone who is not comfortable with the judgement should go to the Court of Appeal and not resort to self-help,” Mr Nome said.

The court ordered the remand of the defendants at the correctional centre, pending issuance of legal advice, and adjourned the matter to November 4.

(NAN)