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Published On: Wed, Jul 31st, 2013

Rivers Crisis:House Leader Lloyd to Remain in Detention till August 6th

L-R Emmanuel Chinda, Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture; Hon Chidi Lloyd embattled Leader of the Rivers state House of Assembly and Rt Hon Ezekiel Harry, former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly all in Court during the hearing of an attempted murder charge leveled against Hon Chidi Lloyd. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke

LAGOS JULY 31ST (URHOBOTODAY)-Following what was described as a confused atmosphere at a Rivers State High Court when the Majority Leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Chidi Llyod was arraigned Wednesday, by the Police. Authorities told Vanguard that Mr. Lloyd will remain in detention until August 6th.
The decision to take back the house leader Vanguard gathered, stems from the fact that since the presiding Judge in the case of attempted murder and five other counts preferred against Llyod was stopped from hearing the case by the State’s Attorney General, the status-quo will remain the same.

“The case of attempted murder and other counts preferred against Mr. Lloyd are criminal in nature and since there was no hearing as a result of the AG’s intervention, the Police have no alternative than to take back the suspect to detention until August 6 that it was adjourned to”.
Vanguard gathered that the Police team of lawyers prosecuting the house leader is led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Den Nwigwe.
Recall that Vanguard reported on Tuesday that arrangements have been concluded by the Force Criminal Investigations Department to arraign the Rivers State Majority Leader Mr. Chidi Lloyd on Wednesday before the Rivers state high court.
Consequently, a team of Senior Police lawyers led by a commissioner of Police left Abuja for Port Harcourt where they were joined by the Senior Advocate in preparation for the arraignment yesterday.
The police had on Monday filed a six count charge including attempted murder at the Rivers State high court but Vanguard learnt that certain disagreements on the part of the state Attorney General’s office and the prosecuting team led to the non arraignment of Lloyd on Monday.
When contacted, if Chief Lloyd will remain in police custody as a result of the deadlock, Force Spokesman, CSP Frank Mba said the status-quo will be maintained until date of adjournment.
Source: Vanguard

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