One Mr Uchenna Innocent aged 36 and Areji Emmanuel aged 42, suspected members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra MASSOB were on Wednesday arraigned in an Abakaliki Magistrate Court 7 for wearing the face mask belonging to the group.
The duo were arraigned on a two-count charge of breaching of public peace and wearing a facemask of the proscribed group.
The charge reads in parts: “That you Uchenna Innocent ‘m’ , Areji Emmanuel m’ and others at large on the 1st day of June, 2020 at Ogoja road Abakaliki in Abakaliki Magisterial District did conspired among yourself to wit: misdemeanor to commit conduct likely to cause breach of peace and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516A(a) of the criminal code Cap 33 Vol.1 laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria 2009.
“That you Uchenna Innocent ‘m’, Areji Emmanuel m’ and others at large on the same day date, time, place and in the aforesaid Magisterial District did conduct yourselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by wearing face mask belonging to proscribed group known as MASSOB and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 249 (d) of the Criminal Code Cap 33 Vol. Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
Counsel to the accused, Barr. P.I Awoke, in his argument said his clients were Innocent and should be allowed to go about their daily businesses without further harassment from the police.
The suspects were granted bail by the presiding magistrate, Nwusulor Anthony
on the condition that a level eight civil servant would be able to stand as surety.