A magistrate Court sitting in Umuahia, the Abia state capital, on Thursday remanded one Rev. Ibe Felix and 50 others in prison for an alleged act of terrorism.
Felix and the other suspects were charged to Court by the Commissioner of police in the state Mr. Chris Ezike for committing a felon against the Federal Government.
The suspects were arrested in Umuahia, on Monday while holding peaceful protest
when they demanded for a Jewish state of Biafra.
The police prosecutor
Adeyimi Olukoye in a two count charged accused the suspects of committing a felony.
“That you Ibe Felix and 50 others on monday December 11, 2018, at the Isi-gate by cooperative junction in Umuahia magistratial district did conspire among yourselves to commit a Felony, an act of terrorism and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 17(a) of terrorism prevention amendment act 2013, as applicable in Abia State.
“On the same day and place being members of the Indigenous people of Biafra and in furtherance to your act of terrorism moved in procession, displaying IPOB flags, Jewish flags and banners with the inscriptions “All we need is Jewish state of Biafra”, which may seriously damage the image of the Federal republic of Nigeria and thereby committed an offense punishable under section 2(2)a of the terrorism prevention amendment act 2013, as applicable in Abia State,” he stated.
In his ruling the presiding magistrate Mr. Idika kalu said the court lacks the jurisdiction to hear the case.
He refers the case file to the department of public prosecution under the Attorney General of the state.
He directed that the suspects can apply for bail in the state High Court and report back to the court in respect to the compliance to his directive on January 24, 2019.
Counsel to the accused Mr. Anthony Nwaoffor berated the police for arraigning the suspects before the magistrate court knowing fully well that it lacks the jurisdiction to hear the case.
He said he would apply for bail for the suspects at the High court and report the outcome to the magistrate Court as directed by the presiding magistrate.