The Kogi state authorities has filed recent fees in opposition to the 2 ‘Buhari Must Go’ protesters arrested and dehumanised some months in the past for pasting anti+President Muhammadu Buhari posters in Lokoja.
The two Buhari-must-go protesters, Larry Emmanuel and Victor Udoka have been in April 2021 molested and brutalised by thugs sponsored by the Kogi State Government for pasting anti-Buhari posters.
They have been subsequently arrested and detained by the police.
While in detention, SaharaReporters gathered that they have been harassed and intimidated for months after which they have been charged for treasonable felony and public disturbance.
They have been, nonetheless, granted bail by a magistrates’ court docket within the state after spending 68 days in unlawful detention.
In a latest growth, the Kogi State authorities and the State Ministry of Justice have filed a recent cost in opposition to the duo in case quantity Cmcl/123m/2021 earlier than the Magistrates’ Court at Lokoja, the state capital.
The exhibit as acknowledged in a court docket doc embrace 23 posters, 2 tins of pink paint, 2 curler brushes and a video CD.
Another court docket doc obtained by SaharaReporters acknowledged that Udoka and Larry have been charged for “illegally getting into the property of the Federal Government and that of the Kogi State authorities to trigger harm to the property thereby diminishing its worth” contrary to section 97 of the Kogi State Penal code 2019.
Charge two reads, “Anini Victor Udoka and Emmanuel Larry, on or about the 5th day of April 2021 at Nataco and Kabawa area of Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State within the Kogi State Judicial division committed the offence of Criminal Trespass by illegally entering upon the property being the road-dividers at Abuja-Lokoja expressway belonging to the Federal government and the Walls of the Local Government Service Commission and Kogi State government pillars controlling river at Kabawa Area being the property of Kogi State government and remaining there with the intention to commit offence by painting it with red coloured paint and graffiti inscriptions of the words, ‘Buhari Must Go’ and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 348 of the Kogi State Penal Code, 2019.”
The protesters have been additionally charged with having dedicated mischief by portray street dividers with the aforementioned inscriptions, which they declare contravenes Section 328 of the Kogi State Penal code, 2019.
The cost sheet was signed by Iye Idama, the Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecution and H.L. Haruna, Principal Legal Officer of the Ministry of Justice, dated twenty ninth July, 2021.
However, the duo of Larry and Udoka reportedly denied the fees levelled in opposition to them.
Meanwhile, the authorized adviser to the Kogi State Ministry of Justice prayed the court docket for a recent bail situation for the protesters.
This was opposed by Aliyu, counsel for the defendants who requested that Larry and Udoka ought to proceed on the earlier bail. Aliyu’s plea was maintained.
A supply acknowledged that the Justice of the Peace additionally ordered the prosecutors to avail the Defence Team with all of the paperwork referred to on the brand new fees. The listening to was adjourned to September 7.
SaharaReporters can recall that the younger males, who have been detained for 68 days, have been secretly arraigned by the police.
The police ensured the protesters have been remanded on the Kabba Prison – with out the data of their attorneys or members of the family.
SaharaReporters had learnt that neither the fees on which they have been arraigned have been disclosed to the general public or the Magistrates’ Court the place they have been tried.
This was sequel to the torture which some hoodlums loyal to the state authorities had earlier given to the protesters who have been posting Buhari-Must-Go posters in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.
SaharaReporters had reported that the irate mob flogged the 2 youths, filmed them and brutalised them earlier than they have been later handed over to the police.
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