The Executive Influence of the Judiciary in Nigeria

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The Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State capital has remanded seven pro-Biafra agitators in prison custody over the alleged murder of three police officers. The accused are charged with the murder of ASP Genesis Ak­agha, Sgt. Itoro Thompson and Cpl. Biosu Onyeka of the state police command. The incident occurred in Asaba on May 30, 2016 on the event to mark the 49th Biafra Hero’s Day Celebration by Biafra agitators, including members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

It was on the occasion of the anniversary of the declaration of Biafra by the late Chukuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu in 1967. Other charges pref­fered against them include cult­ism, conspiracy, membership of unlawful society and illegal possession of arms. It is recalled that the Biafra Hero’s Day Celebration which started peacefully ended in qious and blood-shed as Nigeria Military operatives invaded various Celebration ground, opened fire on un-armed IPOB
 members and abducted many. This led to many dead, at about 67 dead of the IPOB members and many still missing till date.The offences, according to the charge sheet, are punishable under various sections of the Criminal Code, Cap C.21 Vol.1 Laws of Delta State of Nigeria 2006 and the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism/Terrorism Cap C.28 Law No. 8 of Delta State of Nigeria, 2013. Their plea was not taken by the court presided over by F.I. Dikeh, who ordered that they should be remanded in prison custody. He adjourned the mat­ter to July 11 for mention. Please like, share and follow!