Jubilation as Court frees 35 Biafra agitators

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Pro-Biafra protesters [Photo: TodayNG]

A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt has discharged 35 Biafra agitators charged with conspiracy to commit treasonable felony, for want of diligent prosecution.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused were arrested on January 20 during a march to commemorate the inauguration of United States of America President, Donald Trump.

Discharging the accused persons on Friday, the Magistrate, Andrew Jaja, said treasonable felony was a capital offence, punishable by death.

According to the magistrate, the court had the constitutional power to discharge the accused persons on ground of lack of diligent prosecution.

Mr. Jaja said the accused had stayed 37 days in prison custody without the commissioner of police, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and Attorney-General (AG) showing interest in the prosecution.

He said that the DPP, Attorney-General and Commissioner of Police did not indicate that there was prima facie to qualify the accused for prosecution or otherwise.

Mr. Jaja lamented that the court had adjourned many times to enable the three authorities make inputs or show that the accused were liable to prosecution, but to no avail.

“The court has the right to grant them bail; the adjournment has elapsed, without the state Commissioner of police and AG making their inputs into the matter.

“The court has the right (power) to grant the accused persons bail or discharge them in line with the constitution,” he said.

The magistrate, however, warned the accused to remain peaceful and desist from embarking on further protest.

Mr. Jaja said they would not find it easy next time they were brought to court on the same charge.

NAN reports that there was jubilation outside the court by the relations and friends of the discharged persons.

(NAN)


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  • Egbele Tom Amos

    At least they should go and restrategise.i pray they go.let us see.or nigerians may start pushing them to go? Start the discussion…

    • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

      Rubbish talk

  • Egbele Tom Amos

    We don tire.kanu should be released on bail.holding him for too long is like giving him too much credence.

  • Epsilon_Delta

    Since Buhari left with his acrimony and vendetta, it has not been business as usual. Sanity is gradually returning to Nigeria.

  • abdul dull daura

    Buhari was the problem of Nigeria.

  • Netanyahu

    Treasonable felony has become a joke. Just tell a Nigerian policewoman I love you. Oh, that is treasonable felony. You will be locked up. Come to court and prove his allegation, he will remember his wife sent him on errand. I have often told these MASSOB kids to be patient, that at the end of the day Nigeria may secede from Biafra. Go to Maiduguri and arrest protesters (boko haram), no. They are looking for Ibos to kill. Now the real terrorist is hiding in the UK where amenities are available and functioning. Ka Chineke mezie okwu.

  • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

    May God continue to detain Buhari in London till 2019 may 29 when he will be released to hand over to the next elected president of Nigeria.

  • Uche Princewill

    #BBOP-BRING BACK OUR PRESIDENT!

  • Uche Princewill

    #BBBOP- BRITIAN BRING BACK OUR PRESIDENT! 43 DAYS STILL COUNTING

  • marc umeh

    These men have already spent 37 days in jail without trial. If that is not a violation of human right , I don’t know what is. Treasonable felony for commemorating Trumps victory?
    Na waahooo !!!!!

    • Gary

      Only in Buhari’s Nigeria. And they wonder why nobody misses him and honestly don’t want him back to Aso Rock.

    • thusspokez

      These men have already spent 37 days in jail without trial.

      Yet not even a single voice raised on their behalf by any of the so-called “Igbo Professionals”. They were left to rot in jail!

      • Lala Hansy

        And you think you are being intelligent herewith, lacking UpTo knowing the vocal inputs of the father (Ohaneze Ndi Igbo) of their maligned and directional children.
        Now that it has become obvious that IPOB isn’t an unlawful group, you may welcome being suicidal with the law at your hunt.

      • marc umeh

        It’s so depressing !!

  • Secession should be the GOAL

    The effect of the new non sharia loving Chief Justice is evident. In a matter of days, many charges against Nnamdi Kanu has been drooped….and now innocent detainees arrested and penciled for death and mass burial by Buhari have been set free.

    There is no need for jubilation, what Biafra should focus on is a separate state – the same focus the people of the Niger Delta should have, for there lies the solution to all problems experienced in a warped Nigeria. If Germany is for Germans, Italy for Italians, Spain for Spannish, English for England, Portugal for Portuguese, Sweden for Swedish etc.then whhy shouldn’t Biafra be for Biafrans?

    • thusspokez

      There is no need for jubilation, what Biafra should focus on is a separate state

      Balderdash! These mumu biafran-cum-Trump supporters wouldn’t even stay in their own biafra states and develop them, instead they abandon them for places like Rivers’ state.

      whhy shouldn’t Biafra be for Biafrans?

      Yet very few of you want to live in any of the South-East states or biafra states. Ranting is cheap!

      • biafrans are the bad guys? Id idn’t get that impression, but whatever.

    • abodes_124

      Seperation may solve some of our problems but not all. If you split into a hundred nations the same thieves will rise to the top in all the countries and continue stealing even in your beloved Biafra.

  • Bo Biz

    “The magistrate, however, warned the accused to remain peaceful and desist from embarking on further protest”. The magistrate goofed there because those protesters were neither armed nor attacking the general public.Peaceful protest is inalienable (natural rights) that are not dependent on the laws or customs of any particular culture or government,and therefore cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws.
    As long as the policies and circumstances that led to peaceful protests by Biafrans are still there,then more peaceful protest is a guaranteed done deal,QED .

    • thusspokez

      The magistrate goofed there because those protesters were neither armed nor attacking the general public.

      So? Is this the definition of ‘peaceful protest’?

      • Bo Biz

        @thusspokez,a peaceful protest, also known as nonviolent resistance or nonviolent action, is the act of expressing disapproval through a statement or action without the use of violence. What else did your northern masters taught you as a peaceful protest,hiding behind your mothers and wives backsides while your entire lineage are decimated in ethnic cleansing?

        • thusspokez

          “What else did your northern masters taught you…” yada yada yada is not an argument, stµpid!

          • Bo Biz

            You lack the most basic intellectual capacity to logical reasoning ,and can’t even attempt elementary sound civil debate,dialogue,conversation,or persuasion.You’re better ignored and consigned to mental asylum.Don’t respond to my remarks again,the intellectual disparity between us can’t be reconcile.

          • thusspokez

            “You lack the most basic intellectual capacity to logical reasoning” yada yada yada is not an argument, stµpid!

          • okenwa

            If choses those that can respond to your comments then get out of here before thunder fire you.

          • Bo Biz

            I’m neither a psychiatric doctor nor mental health therapist,and so can’t treat your psychosis.Look elsewhere for treatment.

    • which means that can be ignored. You are right.

    • abodes_124

      they were not even protesting but celebrating Trumps election victory. I hope Trump does not come to hear of this or Nigeria will pay dearly.

    • okenwa

      They were not protesting but rather solidarity rally.

  • thusspokez

    Ignorant Nigerians are always blaming the wrong person or organisation whenever something goes wrong. They have no idea about the workload of a company CEO, let alone the president of a country, hence they turn Buhari into God and blame him for everything.

    If for anything, these epic mumus should have been charged for breach of peace or similar charges, instead, the mumu police and prosecution chose to use the sledgehammer (i.e., treasonable felony charges) to crack a nut. But typical Nigerian ignoramuses, they chose to pick on Buhari and let off the real culprits. I also wonder why they skipped Wike to Buhari?

    And what about the magistrate? Why had it taken this long for him to release them, and would he had done so if Buhari were in town? I doubt it. Too many of his kind are cowards and masters of politician-arse licking: Besides, accepting bribes, they decide cases, not on merit but what will please their politician master(s). Of course, don’t blame them, blame Buhari instead.

    • Shall I show you what I just collected so you can see who was behind it? Pun intended

    • abodes_124

      Osinbajo effect ? Is the tyranny over?

  • PolyGon2013

    Good judgment. Go home kids, and sin no more. Sai, Jaja.

    • Do you not remember writing this same exact thing 3 years ago?

      • PolyGon2013

        Why don’t you get me the link. I don’t have to remember every statement that I made about the Biafran’s agitator. However, my central thinking is that IPOB, MASSOB or whatever to form a political party and use it as a platform to break away from Nigeria via submission of referendum at NASS. I am not opposed to Biafra leaving Nigeria. In fact it is my preference. My wish is that your cowards (those who represent you at NASS) be bold enough to raise the issue via a referendum. Hey, by the way, IPOB does not exist 3 years ago. And if they did, they were not agitating like this because FG was under dumbo Jonathan!

  • Ajayi Ifayemi

    Great job by the magistrate.

  • Eja

    This is good news. I hope it is the beginning of ibo getting their biafra. Olorun Eledumare jo, let the sovereign state of biafra be realised so that we can start deporting biafrans out of Yorubaland as undesirable aliens.

    The name of that bag will change from GhanaMustGo to BiafraMustGo!

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    They should’nt have been arrested in the first place , the overzealousness of the security agencies is costing the government time and money

    • abodes_124

      They should sue the federal government and its agencies for wrongful arrest and detention.

  • LOL. Now go back to the old stories on this and find a true one..NT.

  • they’re going to be replaced with 35 rapists who are stealing millions from the hand that feeds them.

  • abodes_124

    had a certain person been around those celebrating the release of the detainees would have been shot dead.