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Ogwashi-Uku Palace invasion trial commences in Asaba

The trial for the alleged invasion of Ogwashi-Uku Palace and charges related to terrorism begins today at the Federal High Court in Asaba. The case,…

The trial for the alleged invasion of Ogwashi-Uku Palace and charges related to terrorism begins today at the Federal High Court in Asaba.

The case, registered as FHC/ASB/18c, involves defendants, Barrister Francis Okolie, Eugene Ojo Izediunor, John Nwona, and Eluemunor (Elue) Sunday Adigwe.

The accusations stem from charges filed by the Inspector General of Police on February 15, 2024.

They face charges related to terrorism and attempted murder in connection with the invasion of Ogwashi-Uku Palace.

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During the previous court hearing, most of the defendants were absent.

However, today they were present in court after being served with the charges by court bailiffs.

The defendants were represented by three senior advocates of Nigeria, led by Chief Akpofure SAN, while Barrister R.O Eze represented the Inspector General of Police as the prosecutor.

Mike Nwaukoni, one of the suspects currently at large, was not in court, with police sources indicating he has been evasive despite an arrest warrant being issued for him.

Reports from inside the courtroom revealed that Adigwe was carried into the courtroom by several people, claiming he was unwell and in need of treatment at Reddington Hospital in Lagos.

Hon Justice Olufunmilola Agbaje adjourned the case until June 4, 2024, to allow the prosecutor to correct errors regarding the ages of the defendants on the charge sheet.

The judge emphasized that the trial would proceed at the next hearing.

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