Former Coordinator of Orsu North Development Area in Imo State, Chief Damian Okpara, was Thursday, November 5 docked before an Abuja Chief Magistrate Court sitting at Life Camp in the Federal Capital Territory, although the court said it lacked jurisdiction to hear the case of criminal conspiracy and giving of false information to the police levelled against him.
He was docked over allegation of giving false information against Chief Nelson Okpara who he and Chief Edwin Obi-Obiezue allegedly accused of arson and threat to life.
But the police said that such information was false and consequently filed a First Information Report (FIR) against them before the court.
The matter was before Chief Magistrate Kabiru Lamido and was later transferred to Her Lordship, Habiba Bello, at the same court in Life Camp, Abuja .Her lordship, Habiba Bello, while declining jurisdiction to hear the matter, noted that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the case, just as she observed that the matter be tried at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court.
Thereafter, argument ensued between the Investigative Police Officer (IPO) and relatives of one of the accused persons, Chief Damian Okpara, over whether or not to release him from police custody.
While relatives of Chief Damian Okpara said that the court had declined jurisdiction and, therefore, the accused should be allowed to go home, the IPO saidÂ there was need to visit the police office with the accused in order for him to be formerly admitted to bail.