A Senior Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Curtis Ugbo, was on Thursday arraigned before an Oredo Magistrate Court for unlawful gun possession. He was also accused of publishing statements capable of breaching public peace.
Mr Ugbo, 47, was arraigned on a three-count charge of publishing an article against the governor in a manner likely to cause breach of public peace and illegally possessing a double barrel gun without a valid license.
Reading the first of the three counts, police prosecutor S. Iredia said that the governor’s aide committed the offense on April 12 at No 2b, Ugbor Road in Benin City, Edo State.
The charge sheet reads: “That you, Curtis Eghosa Ugbo, ‘m’, on the 12th April, 2016 at No. 2b, Ugbor Road, Benin City in Oredo Magisterial District did made a publication in internet, with the caption: “What’s wrong with my Boss?”
“The ground breaking of Edo State own cement industry in partnership with a private company under Government Public Private Partnership and stakeholders, no State House Members or Speaker and National Assembly Member Presence Notice. Is Edo State now a personal business of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole?”
“Knowing same to be capable of disturbing public peace and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 59 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 48, Vol. II, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976, as applicable in Edo State.”
After listening to the accused person’s plea of not guilty, the Presiding Magistrate, C. A. Nwoha granted him bail bond in the sum of N100, 000.00 and a surety in like sum, who must own a property with Certificate of Occupancy in the district.
The magistrate adjourned the case to April 29 for trial.