Magistrate court sitting in Port Harcourt has remanded fifteen PDP members to Port Harcourt correctional centre for alleged disruption of screening exercise at the party secretariat.
The fifteen suspects who are standing trial on three-count charges of alleged felony, conspiracy and unlawful gathering to bridge peace, pleaded not guilty to all charges after it was read to them.
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Our Correspondent reports that counsels to the defendants, Chigozie Baduwa, SB Batubo and OL Dogini moved for bail application and prayed the court to grant the defendants bail relaying on section 169 of the Administration of criminal Justice law of Rivers state, number 7 of 2015.
While, principal state counsel for the prosecution Chidi Ekeh opposed the bail application and urged the court to remand the suspects to correctional centre as to face proper prosecution.
In his ruling, the Presiding Chief Magistrate A O Amadi-Nna remanded the suspects to Port Harcourt correctional centre and adjourned the matter to 26th of May 2022 for consideration of bail.
Speaking to our correspondent counsel to the defendants. Chigozie Baduwa and SB Batubo said the alleged charge is a bailable offence but the court used his discretion to oppose the bail application.
Also speaking,Principal state counsel Chidi Ekeh said the suspects have been remanded but may be granted bail in the next adjourned date.
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