A Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has remanded former Chairman of Asari- Toru Local Government Area, Ojukaye Flag Amachree, in prison custody, pending the ruling on the submission by his lawyer bordering on jurisdiction.
The suspect was alleged to be involved in the killing of two youths who were members of another political party during the rerun election in the state on March 19, 2016.
He had been declared wanted by the Rivers State Police Command.
Chief Magistrate Israel Agbeso adjourned till today for ruling, after lawyer to Amachree, Ken Atsuwete, asked the court to strike out the matter and return the accused person to the police, as the court lacked jurisdiction to handle the matter.
Meanwhile, Police Prosecutor, Inspector Tom Ledornam, insisted the court had the power to remand the accused, while other issues were sorted out at the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP). He debunked the insinuations by Atsuwete that the charge was intended to hold the accused.
However, the accused person, Amachree, faced two-count charge of shooting and killing one Smart Soberekon in Buguma on April 11.
Speaking shortly after court sitting, Atsuwete frowned at the remand order and expressed optimism that the court would grant his prayers.
In a related development, the command said 37 persons arrested during the rerun elections in the state had been arraigned, debunking the rumours making the rounds that they had been released.
The command, in a statement issued yesterday, by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ahmad Muhammad, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, stated that the 37 suspects, including 35 males and two females, were arraigned before Magistrate Courts four and six, Port Harcourt, on different days. It said further that consultations were in progress with relevant agencies so that the case could be diligently prosecuted.
Police noted: “The attention of Rivers State Police Command has been drawn to the rumours making the rounds that the suspects arrested during the rerun elections in Rivers State have been freed. -The Sun