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Police Arraign 15 Suspected IPOB Members in Enugu

Some suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, have been arraigned before a Magistrate Court Enugu over belonging to a proscribed group.

The accused persons are Aloysius Okonkwo, John Ebuka, Ucheme Ebuka, Lilian Chizoba, Maureen Echetanze, Eucharia Otu, Ngozi Emmanuel, and Cletus Duruoha.

Others are Chibuzor Abara, Chijoke Nwankwo, Monday Azita, Ikechukwu Ani, Benedict Onunze and Chinonso Ugwu and Ndubuisi Nnamani.

The Nigeria Police arraigned them on a four-count charge of conspiracy, treasonable felony, and belonging to proscribed and unlawful organisations, (Biafra and IPOB) and in possession of Biafra materials.

When the charges were read to them in English and Igbo languages, the accused persons pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Mr A.C Mbah who did not record their plea ordered their remand in a correctional facility pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution.

Earlier, Prosecution Counsel, Mr. Emmanuel Ajokwu told the court that the accused persons and others still at large conspired and committed a treasonable felony on May 29 at Emene, Enugu East Council Area.

He said that they participated in activities of Biafra to dethrone the Federal Government of Nigeria and install a Biafra government.

Ajokwu said that the accused persons were members of the proscribed IPOB, noting that Biafra insignia including banners, bangles, and flags were found on them.

He added that they joined and participated in activities of IPOB, an organisation the Federal Government of Nigeria had proscribed as a terrorist group.

According to him, their actions are punishable under the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (2004) and applicable in Enugu State.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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