Court orders police to produce Rivers Assembly leader



A High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has ordered the police to produce the detained Leader of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Chidi Lloyd, in court on Wednesday (today).

The presiding judge, Justice L. Nyorde, gave the directive on Tuesday after the police failed to arraign the Majority Leader in the court.

 Lloyd had been in custody since last Tuesday after honouring police summons at the Force Headquarters in Abuja following a fracas at the state Assembly complex.

Justice Nyorde, who adjourned the matter to Wednesday (today) for the arraignment of Lloyd, said the lawmaker’s counsel served the police a hearing notice.

Lloyd’s lead counsel, Mr. Beluolisa Nwofor, (SAN), who informed the court of his client’s absence, added that the police had breached the state High Court Practice Directory of 2013 “that insists on the impartial and speedy adjudication of matters.”

Nwafor, however, appealed to the court to direct the police to arraign the accused so that he could take a plea.
He said, “The prosecution has a duty to ensure that the accused is in court. But they have breached the law. We fear for his health condition because he has been in detention for one week. I have not seen him for some time.”




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