A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, yesterday remanded the lawmaker representing Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency, Hon. Ephraim Nwuzi, in the Nigerian Correctional Centre in the state.
This followed a remand proceeding preferred against him by the Rivers State Police Command on Wednesday.
The police had accused the federal lawmaker, who is also the All Progressives Congress candidate for Etche-Omuma Federal Constituency in the February 25, 2023 election, of treasonable felony, conspiracy, motion of communal crisis and inciting violence.
When the matter was mentioned in Court on Wednesday, counsel to the accused, Emenike Ebete, made an oral bail application.
The bail application was however opposed by the prosecution and the Investigation Police Officers in charge of the matter, requested that Hon Nwuzi be remanded to pave the way for proper investigation and arraignment.
Chief Magistrate O. Amadi-Nna after listening to the arguments remanded Nwuzi based on the allegations.
Speaking to journalists outside the court, Counsel to the federal lawmaker, E. Ebete, said the offences preferred against his client were insufficient to warrant a remand.
Ebete stated: “We have also submitted to the court that the offences disclosed in the particulars and affidavit attached to the alleged allegations were not sufficient enough for him to be remanded.
“The court in its wisdom held that the offences are grievous and that he should be remanded in prison custody until the 3rd of March, 2023 pending when a charge will be preferred against him by the state.”
It was gathered that Nwuzi was arrested on Wednesday morning at his residence in Chokocho, Etche LGA by policemen, who allegedly broke into his apartment.
The spokesperson of the Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, had in a statement said the Supervising Assistant Inspector General of Police for the elections in Rivers State, Abutu Yaro, had invited Hon. Nwuzi over an inciting video where he allegedly directed his supporters to attack some persons, including officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, during the elections.
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