A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Thursday, remanded 30 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra in prison custody. The suspected IPOB members were arrested on Tuesday by the operatives of the Police for allegedly engaging in violent acts that breached the peace in the Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state. Nine out of the 30 persons arraigned in court were accused of killing a police sergeant identified as Steven Daniel on Wednesday during the crisis at Oyigbo. The Chief Magistrate, Amadi Amadi-Nna, further directed the court registrar to remit the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice and adjourned the matter indefinitely. The prosecutors, decided that the charge on which they were brought to court was very heavy and weighty. The suspects, in the other hand, asked to strike out charges. However, the counsel for the suspects, Mr. Donald Loho, maintained that he would explore the necessary options to ensure the suspects were freed.
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