From Steve Oko, Umuahia
The Jewish adherents remanded in the Federal Prison, Afara Umuahia, Abia State, have filed applications for bail.
They were arrested last Sunday while praying at the home of the missing leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and later arraigned by the police on Monday at Umuahia Magistrate Court 7.
They have since been remained in detention at the prison by Chief Magistrate U. U Egwu, who also referred the matter to the high court because his court lacked jurisdiction over the matter.
The lead counsel to the detainees, Mr. Aloy Ejimakor, told The AUTHORITY yesterday in Umuahia that he had filed applications for their bail at the Abia State High Court.
He said that the applications were filed on May 15, a day after they were arraigned in court on a count charge of terrorism.
Ejimakor said that he expected “the case file to be assigned for hearing by early next week and as soon as the prosecution has been served.”
Ejimakor who is being assisted in the matter by an eminent Umuahi- based lawyer, Godwin Chionye, said that the defence legal team was making spirited efforts to secure their release.
In remanding the accused persons, the Magistrate had criticised the Nigeria Police for filing the charges at the magistrate court knowing fully well that the court has no jurisdiction in such cases.
According to the court ruling released to the lawyers, the magistrate had stated that he “reluctantly refused the accused persons bail.”.
This is after the Magistrate had also condemned the prosecution, stating that “It is condemnable that the police could charge a matter to a court that it knows has no jurisdiction to try the matter.