Ebonyi court remands LP senatorial candidate
…abuse of court process, says lawyer to accused
An Ebonyi State High Court, sitting in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Tuesday, remanded a two-term member of the House of Representative and Labour Party senatorial candidate for Ebonyi South Zone for the forthcoming 2023 general election, Linus Okorie.
Okorie was reportedly kidnapped on Sunday morning while driving out of his Abakaliki residence and was on Monday morning brought to the Ebonyi Command headquarters by members of the Ebubeagu Security Outfit, where the police alleged he was arrested over his involvement in illicit drugs deals.
He was arraigned for alleged offences bordering on false information, fraud, murder and felony..
In one of the three separate charges against Okorie, which dated differently, the police alleged that the suspect, in liaison with others, attempted to defraud the government of its property valued N750,000 in August 2021 in the Abakaliki metropolis.
The Police Prosecutor, Nduakaku Chinagorom-Eze, told the court that the offences contradicted sections 8 (a) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud Act, Cap A66 Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2006.
The charges read in part, “That you Linus Okorie ‘M’ and others at large, sometime in the month of August 2021, at Layota Farm Abakaliki within the jurisdiction of this court did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: Advance Fee Fraud and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud Act, CAP A66 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2006.