A federal legislator from Rivers State named Ephraim Nwuzi has been remanded in custody following an alleged incisive remark made before the state’s election on Saturday, February 25, by a Chief Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) member representing the Etche/Omuma federal district in the House of Representatives was charged by the state police command on Wednesday for allegedly inciting violence in a recent video.
It was learned that Nwuzi was taken into custody on Wednesday morning in his home in Chokocho, Etche after police officers in armored trucks forcibly entered the building. A few hours after the rumors of his detention spread, Abutu Yaro, the supervising Assistant Inspector General of Police, is said to have invited the accused.
AIG Yaro, who was quoted by SP Grace Iringe-Koko, the state police press secretary, “condemned in totality a video circulating on social media of one Honourable Ephraim Nwuzi, a member of the House of Representatives, saying that residents of the State should be shot during the General Election coming up on February 25, 2023, in Rivers State.”
The supervising AIG stated that the invitation was for interrogation regarding the film’s substance to determine the lawmaker’s intentions and objectives in the video.
Chief Magistrate Amadi O. Amadi-Nna of the court decided that the suspect should be held in the Nigerian Correctional Center for ten days while the police conducted their investigation. Emenike Ebete, the federal lawmaker’s attorney, told reporters after the court hearing that the charges brought against his client were insufficient to support a remand.
“The offenses preferred against him include treasonable felony, conspiracy, inciting violence, promotion of communal crisis, conspiracy, etc., and they are investigating him and want the court to remand him in the correctional center pending investigations.
“We have also submitted to the court that the offenses disclosed in the particulars and affidavit attached were insufficient for him to be remanded.
“The court, in its wisdom, held that the offenses are previous and that he should be remanded in prison custody until March 3, 2023, pending when a charge will be preferred against him by the state.”