Alleged kidnap: Court remands Labour Party Senatorial candidate in Ebonyi

Written by on October 19, 2022

An Abakaliki Magistrate Court, yesterday remanded a two-term member of the House of Representatives and the Labour Party senatorial candidate for Ebonyi South Zone in the 2023 election, Hon. Linus Okorie.

Recall that Okorie was said to have been kidnapped on Sunday morning, while driving out of his Abakaliki residence, and was on Monday morning brought to the Headquarters of the Ebubeagu Security outfit. It was further gathered that the police allegedly went to the office of Ebubeagu in the Old Government House and took custody of him.

He was arraigned for alleged offences bothering on false information, fraud, murder and felony.

In a heated argument, the counsel to Okorie, Barr Nomeh Chikaodiri, pleaded with the Magistrate to grant the suspect bail, on the grounds that as a senior citizen, he would not jump bail.

But the Prosecuting Counsel, ASP Chinagorom-Eze, objected to the bail application, saying that the suspect might thwart the court processes, because of his position in society.

The Magistrate, Justice I. Ogodo, remanded the suspect and directed that the matter be transferred to the Federal High Court Abakaliki, for competent adjudication and trial.

The matter was adjourned till November 4, 2022, report of compliance.

Reacting, the suspect’s Lead Counsel, Barr Chikaodiri, said Tuesday Court decision was an abuse and afront to judicial proceedings.

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