Ac­tivist in prison cus­tody for al­legedly in­cit­ing pub­lic against Kogi gov

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, Lokoja

A Kogi State Up­per Area Court in Lokoja has or­dered a rights ac­tivist and All Pro­gres­sives Congress chief­tain, Akwu Good­man, to be re­manded in prison cus­tody over an un­law­ful as­sem­bly and ques­tion­ing the le­git­i­macy of the elec­tion and sub­se­quent in­au­gu­ra­tion of Gover­nor Idris Wada of Kogi State in a protest let­ter to the state House of As­sem­bly.

Ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tor, Ajengbe Oluway­omi, the ac­cused was al­leged to have on March 19, “crim­i­nally con­spired to­gether and il­le­gally led a protest to Kogi State House of As­sem­bly com­plex.” The protest was said to be in­cit­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic against the gover­nor as it al­leged that Wada was il­le­gally oc­cu­py­ing the seat of power in Kogi Govern­ment House.

The prose­cu­tion fur­ther said the protest­ing group also pub­lished the same in­cit­ing in­for­ma­tion in a news­pa­per on March 24, 2014 (not Daily Trust) to cause dis­af­fec­tion and pub­lic dis­tur­bance in the state. He said leading the group un­der the aegis of ‘As­so­ci­a­tion for Jus­tice and Good Gov­er­nance’ to the As­sem­bly Com­plex, Akwu had called for im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Jan­uary 27 and Fe­bru­ary 17, 2012 Supreme Court judge­ment.

The pros­e­cu­tor said ac­cord­ing to Good­man, the judg­ment called for fresh elec­tions in the five states whose gov­er­nors’ tenures were il­le­gally elon­gated. The group had de­scribed the elec­tion that brought Wada into of­fice as a nul­lity and not recog­nised by the law and con­sti­tu­tion of Nigeria,

Coun­cil to the ac­cused, Wil­liams Aliwo Esq. urged the court to grant bail to the ac­cused and that the al­leged of­fences were bail­able, say­ing that the se­ri­ous­ness of a case ought not to be on the lips of the pros­e­cu­tor but the law at­tached to the of­fence while bail was not the end of the mat­ter.

But the pros­e­cu­tor, Oluway­omi ob­jected the bail on the ground that the of­fences were se­ri­ous in na­ture and that po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the mat­ter was still on-go­ing and ap­plied for an­other date for men­tion. Pres­i­dent of the court, Clif­ford Oye­lude, flanked by two other judges of the Up­per Area Court de­nied the bail and or­dered that Good­man be re­manded in prison cus­tody in Ko­ton-Karfe and ad­journed the case to April 22 for men­tion.

Gover­nor Mukhtar Ra­malan Yero

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