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Bail:Uwazuruikeknows fate March 1

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—An Imo State High Court sitting in Owerri, has adjourned hearing in the bail application of the leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike to March 1, 2010.

Trial judge in the matter is Justice Goddy Anunihu.

Before adjourning the matter, Justice Anunihu reminded counsel to parties of what he termed “the sensitive nature of the matter, which carries death sentence”.

On the disclosure by the defence counsel, Mr. Vin Okpaleke, that his client had been moved from Owerri Federal Prison to an undisclosed location, the court said “Nigerian Prison Service is one and any suspect can be detained in any prison establishment deemed fit and safe.”

The judge also reminded the defence counsel that the application before him was for bail and not for either the production of the suspect in court or his remand in a particular prison.

Okpaleke earlier drew the attention of the court to the fact that his client had been secretly moved from Owerri Prison to an unknown location, stressing that the situation made the bail application imperative.
He argued that there was no proof that the charge  against his client had been assigned to any court.


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