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  • Updated: February 21, 2024

Abia: Man prosecuted in court for attempted murder, armed robbery

Abia: Man prosecuted in court for attempted murder, armed ro

On Tuesday, a High Court sitting in Umuahia arraigned Promise Ikechukwu Ogbonna, a native of Olokoro in Abia State's Umuahia South Local Government Area, on four counts.

The allegations involved conspiracy, specifically armed robbery in violation of Section 6, as well as armed robbery in violation of Section 1(2) (a) of the Robbery and Firearms Act (special provision).

Other charges include attempted murder in violation of Section 320 (a) of the Criminal Code, as well as malicious damage in violation of Section 451(5) (g).

The defendant appeared in Umuahia's High Court and pleaded not guilty to all four allegations.

The Presiding Judge, Justice K.C.J Okereke, dismissed the defendant's counsel's request for bail but delayed the case for trial on March 26, 2024.

Addressing journalists, Chinasa Ogbonna, whose brother was allegedly shot by Promise Ikechukwu Ogbonna and his group, labelled Promise as a threat to the Olokoro community, Abia, and Nigeria as a whole.

He said that the defendant was involved in cultism, armed robbery, and other crimes and that he was repeatedly released from police custody in the past by prominent persons. He urged the witnesses to appear in court and testify about the situation.

However, the Abia government has formally reacted to the protest by the Umuahia Butchers Association over speculations that it plans to relocate the abattoir to another area.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the government described the protest as ill-conceived, saying there was no truth in the speculation.

The butchers took to the streets of the state capital last Thursday over an alleged plot by the government “to forcefully evict them” from the abattoir at Mgbarakuma Community, near Umuahia.    

They alleged that the community and the special adviser to the governor on security, Macdonald Uba, hatched the plot.

The protesters, who marched through the major streets of Umuahia, ended up at the Government House in Umuahia, displaying placards with different inscriptions, with inscriptions like ‘Save us, our governor’, ‘Ministry of Lands, Garki land is not for sale, please leave us’, and ‘Abia people, slaughter Garki is not for sale’.

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