By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA—FORMER Deputy Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Chief Keluo Molokwu, was yesterday arraigned before an Awka Chief Magistrates Court, presided over by Mrs. M.A. Mbakwe, on a five-count charge of allegedly threatening the life of the incumbent speaker of the House, Chief Anayo Nnebe.
Both Molokwu and Nnebe are aspiring for the House of Representatives seat for Awka North and Awka South federal constituency in next year’s election, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Essentially, Molokwu was said to have, between August and September 11, 2010 in Awka, in connivance with one Okeke Matthew Ikechukwu and others, aided publication of false statements, rumour or report with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 495 (a) of the Criminal Code Cap 36, volume 11 of the revised laws of Anambra State, 1991 as amended.
The second charge read that the accused persons published a text message that read: “Evil mind (Anayo Nnebe) ….Why is he always associated with evil things that happen to people in the town?
“He visited a woman who gave birth in the hospital and the child died that same night. He derives joy attending funeral ceremony whether invited or not invited to renew his spirit and look for more victims.
Today, he is the highest funeral attendant speaker. My people, let us be careful.”
They were also alleged to have circulated other text messages likely to injure the reputation of the speaker and which tended to expose him to hatred, contempt, ridicule or likely to damage him in his profession or trade.
When the five count charges were read to him, Molokwu pleaded not guilty to all of them.
He was, however, granted bail in the sum of N100,000 and asked to provide one surety who must produce his Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) and three years tax receipts to be verified by an Awka Zonal Tax officer.
The matter was adjourned to October 4, 2010, for further hearing.