Catholic catechists arraigned for alleged possession of firearms

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Tony Okafor, Awka

THREE catechists of the Roman Catholic Church were on Thursday arraigned at an Ogidi High Court, Anambra State, presided over by Justice Arinze Akabuo, for alleged unlawful possession of firearms.

A suspected accomplice, Solomon Igboji (the fourth accused), was reported to be on the run.

The three arraigned were Daniel Nwoye, Agbo Peter and Patrick Ajuluchukwu.

Other charges preferred against them in Suit No. HID/41C/2016 included forceful entry and unlawful damages.

The prosecution said their offences were contrary to Section 115 of the Criminal Code.

It was gathered that their case had to do with an attack involving an 80-year-old widow, Mrs. Juliana Onuorah, and Lady Patricia Onuorah.

The counsel for the respondents, C.J. Asiegbu, raised a motion against the arraignment of the suspects; but Mrs. Nwanegbo Ezeaputa from the office of the Attorney General of the state raised an objection and described the motion as incompetent.

Arguing further, Asiegbu said Ezeaputa’s objection should be in writing as required by law, contending that her oral objection was not what was required in law in the circumstance.

He said, “She cannot spring such a surprise on us; the counsel should file a counter-motion if she is objecting to our motion.”

Justice Akabuo adjourned the matter till November 17, 2016 for the hearing of the bail applications of the suspects.

-punch