Two remanded for cultism, stealing in Ebonyi

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two persons, Nwankwo Sunday, 23; and Collins Odonweze, 20, were on Friday remanded by an Ebonyi State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Abakaliki for their alleged in involvement in cultism and stealing.

The suspects were said to have broken into the shop of one Mr Nnanna Udeh and stole 24 laptops, five Plasma televisions and two DVD players, among others.

It was gathered that they committed the offences on November 15, 2019, at No. 166 Old Enugu Road, Abakaliki, in the Abakaliki Local Government Area of the state.

They were arraigned on four counts bordering on burglary, stealing, cultism and conspiracy.

The police prosecutor, Eze Mathias, told the court that the offences were punishable under sections 516A(a), 411(2), 390(9), 3(1)(3) and 4(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State, 2009.

The charges read in part, “That you, Nwankwo Sunday, Collins Odonweze and others now at large, on November 15, 2019, at No. 166 Old Enugu Road, Abakaliki, in the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit; burglary and stealing/cultism, thereby committing an offence punishable under section 516A (a) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.

“That you, Nwankwo Sunday, Collins Odonweze and others now at large, on the same date and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, did break into the shop of one Nnanna Udeh at night time with intent to commit felony therein, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 411(2) of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”

The bail application by the defence counsel was opposed by the police prosecutor and the court could not consider the application.

Chief Magistrate Nnenna Onuoha said the court lacked the jurisdiction to adjudicate on the matter.

She ordered that the suspects be remanded in the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki, and directed the court registrar to forward the case file to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in the state for necessary decision.

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