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ABIA- A Magistrate Court sitting in Umuahia, Abia State capital has remanded 51 members of Jewish worshippers after they were arraigned for an alleged act of terrorism.

Mr. Ibe Felix who was by the police as the ring leader of the group and the other suspects were charged to Court by the Commissioner of police in the state Mr. Chris Ezike for committing a felon against the Federal Government.

The police made the arrest of the suspects in Umuahia, on Monday while holding peaceful protest, demanding for a Jewish state of Biafra.

The police prosecutor Adeyimi Olukoye in a two count charged accused the suspects of committing a felony.

“That you Ibe Felix and 50 others on monday December 11, 2018, at the Isi-gate by cooperative junction in Umuahia magistratial district did conspire among yourselves to commit a Felony, an act of terrorism and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 17(a) of terrorism prevention amendment act 2013, as applicable in Abia State.

“On the same day and place being members of the Indigenous people of Biafra and in furtherance to your act of terrorism moved in procession, displaying IPOB flags, Jewish flags and banners with the inscriptions “All we need is Jewish state of Biafra”, which may seriously damage the image of the Federal republic of Nigeria and thereby committed an offense punishable under section 2(2)a of the terrorism prevention amendment act 2013, as applicable in Abia State,” he stated.

In his ruling the presiding magistrate Mr. Idika kalu said the court lacks the jurisdiction to hear the case.

The chief magistrate of the court Idika Kalu referred the case file to the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) under the Attorney General of the state.

He directed that the suspects can apply for bail in the state High Court and report back to the court in respect to the compliance to his directive on January 24, 2019.

Counsel to the accused persons, Mr. Anthony Nwaoffor berated the police for arraigning the suspects before the magistrate court knowing fully well that it lacks the jurisdiction to hear the case.

Nwaoofor said he would apply for bail for the suspects at the High court and report the outcome to the magistrate Court as directed by the presiding magistrate.

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