Due to his suspected involvement in the State House of Assembly fire, Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s Chief of Staff (CoS), Hon. Edison Ehie, was given a warrant for his arrest by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday.
The Rivers State House of Assembly’s factional Speaker, Ehie, was ordered to be arrested together with five other Port Harcourt residents for allegedly engaging in various illegal acts.
Along with the former factional Speaker, Jinjiri Bala, Happy Benedict, Progress Joseph, Adokiye Oyagiri, and Chibuike Peter, also referred to as Rambo, are among those ordered to be imprisoned.
In deciding an ex-parte plea that the Inspector General of Police had brought before him, Justice Emeka Nwite issued the order for their detention.
Sections 37, 113, 114, 84, and 184 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution, and Section 32 of the Police Act, 2020 served as the foundation for the ex-parte application.
The six defendants were said to be at large in the ex-parte motion, which was argued by Simon Lough, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.
According to the senior attorney’s submission, the defendants were implicated in acts of arson, terrorism, conspiracy, attempted murder, and the killing of SP Bako Agbashim, a superintendent of police, along with five other police informants.
They were accused of killing Charles Osu, Ogbonna Eja, Idaowuka Felix, Paul Victor Chibuogu, and Saturday Edi, the five police informants.
The IGP requested that the defendants be declared sought and that they be brought before the court for a trial following their arrest and investigation. Justice Nwite approved their request.
The application for ex parte is labelled FHC/ABJ/CS/12/2024.
Recall that two weeks prior, the IGP had arraigned five individuals residing in Port Harcourt on terrorism-related allegations and placed them on detention at Kuje Prison following their arraignment.
They were told to stay in jail custody until February 2, when the judge will decide on each of their requests for bail.
Chime Eguma Ezebalike, Prince Lukman Oladele, Kenneth Goodluck Kpasa, Osiga Donald, and Ochueja Thankgod are the five defendants.
The defendants were charged with seven counts of terrorism after they allegedly invaded, vandalised, and set fire to the Rivers State House of Assembly during the political unrest that shook Port Harcourt in October of last year.