Court discharges Chidi Lloyd of attempted murder

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Mr. Chidi Lloyd, Majority Leader of Rivers State House of Assembly, was, yesterday, discharged and acquitted by a Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt, over a charge of attempted murder prefered against him.

Trial judge, Justice Ledan Nyordee, who delivered the judgment, said there was nothing the court could do in the matter as the police was not willing to prosecute the case.
Lloyd was arrested and charged with attempted murder of Mr. Michael Chinda, (PDP- Obio/Akpor II) in the state legislature.

Lloyd was alleged to have hit Chinda on the head with a mace during a fight between the supporters of Governor Rotimi Ameachi and anti-Amaechi legislators in July 2013.
It will be recalled that the state legislative complex was closed down after the free-for-all.

The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice had written the court to inform it that the police did not send the case file to his office.
Justice Nyordee said the court was handicapped in the matter as the police were not willing to prosecute the case and cited the relevant section of the constitution to support the court’s decision.
The case  had suffered several adjournments due to the police “inability” to make the case file available to the state Attorney-General.

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