A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, has remanded 30 members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra in prison. The arraigned were arrested by men of the state’s police command over the violence that rocked Oyigbo Local Government Area of the State. Of the 30 arraigned suspects, nine were accused of killing Steven Daniel, a police officer, on Wednesday. They were charged with murder, treason, armed robbery, felony, unlawful assembly, unlawful protest and other sundry crimes.
However, the court did not take the plea of the accused persons as it declared lack of jurisdiction on the matter. Amadi Amadi-Nna, the Chief Magistrate, directed the court registrar to remit the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice and adjourned the matter indefinitely.