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Four drivers in court for public peace breach in Ebonyi

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By Ruth Oginyi

Four members of the Ebonyi State Tipper Drivers Union have been arraigned in court over the alleged unlawful assembly and intent to cause public disorder in the state. They were arraigned in a magistrate court sitting in Abakaliki by the Ebonyi state police command.

The suspects were accused of breach of the public peace, illegal protest against one Emeka Nwibo, and members of his caretaker committee to forcibly remove him from the office of Tipper Driver Union Ebonyi state.

The accused persons, Mr. Paul Nwogudu, Chukwuebuka Chukwu, Ebonyi Chukwudi, and Ehiri Kelechi were arraigned in an Abakaliki Magistrate Court 3 presided over by Blessing Chukwu Ibeabuchi on a three-count charge.

The presiding magistrate, Blessing Chukwu Ibeabuchi, who granted the accused person bail with the sum of N200, 000 each and one surety each or with like sum after they had pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.

The magistrate ordered that the surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and thereafter adjoined the matter to 8th April 2021.

Meanwhile, there was a mild drama at the court as the court clerk and security personal at the Magistrate Court 3 barred journalist from covering the court proceeding. Some journalists were in the court to cover the proceeding following the tension generated by the arraignment as more than 30 tipper drivers as early as 8 am were in court with their heavy-duty vehicles.

The heavy-duty vehicles which were parked along with the Government House and Ebonyi State Judiciary complex axis of the Ogoja road caused both vehicular and human traffic along the major road.

The court clerk whose name could not be ascertained as at the time of filling in this report had alleged that some journalists were taking pictures of the suspects and thereafter ordered journalists out of the court.

The matter was brought under control after the journalist decided to leave the court to avoid creating tension in the court.

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