Two chief magistrate courts in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, have remanded 46 Biafra agitators arrested during a rally last Friday in prison custody.
The protesters were marchin in honour of American President Donald John Trump.
The rally by the members and supporters of the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra and Ralph Uwazurike-led Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign States of Biafra(MASSOB).
The protesters were charged for conspiracy and treasonable felony. The charges were not read out to them, neither were they allowed to take plea. The presiding chief magistrate of court five, Samuel Andrew-Jaja, did not also allow the team of defence lawyers led by Ifeanyi Ejiofor to make oral application for their bail. He ordered parties to come up with written addresses within seven days to address the court on the issue of bail and jurisdiction which was mentioned by the defence counsel.
Andrew-jaja reminded the parties that the two charges preferred against the suspects does not carry death penalty. He noted that the offence of conspiracy bears seven years punishment, while treason is life imprisonment upon conviction.
The prosecution, Inspector Romeo Queensoap from Force Headquarter Abuja, accused the suspects of plotting to ovethrow the government.
The second magistrate court where eight were arraigned admitted oral bail application but adjourned for ruling.
Queensoap also objected to the bail of the suspects. The courts adjourned till January 30, for adoption of written addresses and ruling on oral bail application.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the proceeding, Ejiofor absolved the suspects of any violence during the Trump “peaceful solidarity match”, but regretted that the police could open fire on unarmed people.
He noted that 15 of the bodies are presently deposited in different morgues he however did not mention or the state the morgues are located.
The Lawyer also accused the Police of possibly having killed and buried in shallow grave(s) the remaining five persons who are still missing since the Friday rally, and urged them(Police), to kindly go and exhume the corpses and hand them over for proper burial. (The Nation)