Police deploys Abia CP, arraigns 30 IPOB members
The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade has been transferred with immediate effect.
Mr. Oyebade was replaced by Mr. Anthony Michael. At a brief handover ceremony, yesterday, at the Police Headquarters in Umuahia, Oyebade said the command under his watch recorded tremendous success and wished his successor well.
It was not immediately confirmed if the commissioner’s transfer was in any way connected to the Abia crisis or the recent escape of some kidnap suspects from police detention at the command.
The command had already dismissed six personnel in connection with the escape of the suspects, some of whom have been rearrested.
Meanwhile, a chief magistrate’s court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday, remanded 30 members of IPOB in prison over alleged involvement in the crisis that rocked Oyigbo area of the state on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The suspects were arrested by the Police Command in the course of the incident in which two persons died, a police Sergeant, Mr. Steven Daniel was killed and his rifle taken away and several property damaged.
Nine of the suspects were accused of killing Daniel, while the others are facing trial for causing unrest and other criminal acts.
In two separate charge sheets, PMC/1936c/2017 and PMC/1935c/2017, the accused persons were charged with treason, murder, armed robbery, felony, unlawful assembly, unlawful protest and other sundry crimes.
When the matter came up in court, the charges were not read to the accused persons and pleas were not taken because the court declined jurisdiction to entertain it.
However, presiding chief magistrate, Amadi O. Amadi-Nna ordered the court registrar to remit the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions, (DPP), for legal advice and adjourned sine die.
The defence, Donald Loho, had urged the court to return the case file to the chief judge of the state high court to interpret and assign the matter to an appropriate court that has jurisdiction.