Rivers Crisis: Court Remands House Leader In Prison Custody

A Rivers State High Court presided over by Justice Letam Nyordee on Tuesday ordered that the detained leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Chidi Julius Lloyd be remanded in prison custody pending the ruling on his bail application today, Wednesday, August 7, 2013.

Lead Counsel to Lloyd, Mr. Beluolisa Nwofor, SAN, had moved a motion of application of bail shortly after the lawmaker pleaded not guilty to all 6-counted charges referred on him by the Police, bothering on conspiracy, attempted murder, intent to maim, disfigure and injure unlawful grievous harm and wilfully destroying government property on July 9, 2013 at the Rivers State House of Assembly contrary to sections 324, 320, 312, 305, 351 and 355 of the Criminal Code Law, 1999 and the Rivers State Criminal Procedure Law, Cap 37 laws of Rivers State, 1999.

Moving his motion for Lloyd’s bail application, Nwofor submitted that the motion was brought pursuant to section 118 sub 124 of the Criminal Procedure Law of Rivers State Cap 37, Sections 33, 34 sub 1(a), 35(1)(4), 36 sub 6, 39 rule 1(2) and 41 sub 1 of the 1999 Constitution, and Article 4, 5, 6, 12, sub 1(2) and 16 sub 1 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Act Cap A9 Vol. 1 Laws of Nigeria, 2004.

He also relied on the 29-paragraph affidavit sworn to, the exhibits attached therewith and the written addresses filed and as well the further affidavit, to pray the court that the accused be granted bail.

Nwofor urged the court to discountenance the counter-affidavit filed by the Police on the bail application, maintaining that pursuant to section 36, sub-section 5, of the Criminal Law, a person is deemed innocent until a competent court of law decides otherwise.

He further submitted that the accused deserves bail as none of the charges against him bordered on murder, armed-robbery or felony.

The senior advocate, therefore, prayed the court to grant Lloyd bail on self-recognition, pointing out that the accused wilfully turned himself to the Police since July 26, adding that considering the status of the accused, he will turn himself for trial.

Responding, the Attorney-General of State, Mr. Nworgu Boms who had earlier taken over the matter after Lloyd was arraigned, applied to withdraw the counter-affidavit filed by Police, saying they were ready to go on with the trial of the matter.

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