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AN Abakaliki Magistrate’s Court on Friday remanded a thirty-one-year-old man, Azubuike Nwali, in prison custody for his alleged involvement in armed robbery and theft of registration materials belonging to the All Progressives Congress.
The incident occurred at Ndufu-Ikwo community in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The accused was arraigned on three counts of armed robbery, illegal possession of fire arms, and stealing of party materials valued at N60,000 belonging to the All Progressives Congress.
The charge read, “That you, Azubuike Nwali, and others on 22nd Day of December 2016, at Amainyima Okputimo in Ikwo Local Government Area, armed yourself with locally made pistols and robbed one Ifeanyi Agala of the sum of N55,000.00 and committed an offence punishable under section 402 of the criminal code Cap 33 vol 1, of laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria.”
The accused was said to have attacked an APC ad-hoc staff registering party members at Amainyima Okputimo ward in the area.
Counsel for the accused person, Barnabas Njoku, pleaded that his client be granted bail but the prosecution counsel, Inspector Ewa Ovat, urged the court to refuse any form of bail application by the counsel for the accused.
In his ruling, the presiding magistrate, Olughu Nwachi, noted that the matter was a capital offence and therefore be transferred to the state High Court for accelerated hearing.
He said the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear and preside over the matter and adjourned the case to 3rd March, 2017 and ordered that the accused be remanded in Abakaliki prison custody.