Police in Ebonyi State has arraigned the Senatorial Candidate of the Labour Party in Ebonyi South District, Linus Okorie on a five-count charge.
Chief Okorie who represented Ohanivo Federal Constituency was last Sunday arrested by Ebubeagu Security outfit in a dramatic twist and handed over to the police following a petition by the Attorney General of the State, Mr Cletus Ofoke over an alleged defamatory remark against Governor David Umahi.
He was arraigned before Magistrate Court 1 Abakaliki where the five Count charge including conspiracy to commit advance-free fraud, causing problems in Onitcha Local Government Area in April this year, promoting communal war between Ishinkwo and Abomege communities and threatening the life of Governor Umahi online as well as circulating allegation of financial impropriety involving over N6billion was read before him.
The offence according to the count charge was punishable under various sections of the criminal code law of Ebonyi State.
After reading the charges, the Presiding Magistrate, Nnenna Ogodo declined the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter and remanded the defendant in the National Correctional Centre Abakaliki.
The case was adjourned till 4th November 2022 for possible re-arraignment.
Reacting, Counsel to the defendant, Mr Chikaodili Nomeh described the arrest and arraignment of Chief Okorie as an abuse of judicial process alleging that the state government resorted to self-help considering that there was a court order by Justice Ekwo of the Federal High Court Abuja which restrained the government and the police from arresting Chief Okorie pending the determination of the substantive matter.
Reporting by Amechi Odo: Editing by Tina Oyinsan