By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”Lawyers, litigants, journalists and even staff of Imo State judiciary had a hectic day, yesterday morning, in accessing the court, as security agents took over the premises of the Imo State High Court, Owerri.
Vehicle owners were ordered to park outside the court premises, while those suspected to be loyalists of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, were also not allowed inside the court premises.
Vanguard gathered that the unusual security measures were taken because of the reported presence in court of the MASSOB leader, Chief Uwazuruike and Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu.
When the crowd became apparently uncontrollable, the security personnel fired some teargas canisters, which made the entire court area very uncomfortable, an action that did not even deter the MASSOB loyalists.
Meanwhile, the bail application filed by Chief Uwazuruike did not sail through yesterday, before the court. The trial judge is Justice C. Ohakwe.
The matter could not go on because the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, asked for a short adjournment to enable her file a reply to the application for bail by Uwazuruike. The DPP predicated her request on the fact that there was a previous application for bail, which was filed before the charge was formarly filed against him (Uwazuruike), arguing that the application had became useless because it does not contain the number of the case. The court adjourned the matter to 5 May 2010, for hearing.