Friday, 1 May 2020

Abia State Govt,NBA At Loggerhead Over Detention Of Lawyer

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has been misinformed on the trial of a lawyer, Mr. Emperor Ogbonna, the Abia State government said on Thursday.

Dr. ACB Agbazuere, Chief of Staff to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, said in a statement on Thursday, that Ogbonna was being prosecuted in court for cybercrime and not terrorism as allegedly claimed by the NBA.

Agbazuere said the facts put forward by NBA, (Aba branch), which the national secretariat of the NBA relied upon were “copiously false, erroneous and misleading”.

He said: “My attention has been drawn to a press statement issued by Kunle Edun, the National Publicity Secretary of Nigerian Bar Association on behalf of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) with regard to Barrister Emperor Ogbonna, published (in a national daily).

”As chief of staff to the governor, who was also mentioned in the press statement, I am compelled to put the records straight to wit:

“The facts put forward by NBA, Aba branch which NBA National relied on are copiously false, erroneous and misleading.

“Paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of the NBA press statement clearly confirm that at least Mr. Ogbonna has accepted that he re-shared a post in his Facebook page that Governor Ikpeazu went to India and took an oath before a Hindu god to mortgage Abia State. He also made other posts on this. Governor Ikpeazu has never visited India all his life and as a law-abiding citizen, he took recourse to the law instead of self-help.

“The governor reported this case of cybercrime to the Police and the Police arrested Mr. Ogbonna and charged him before the Federal High Court in Umuahia with cybercrime and not terrorism as the misinformation from NBA Aba opines.

“On 28th April, 2020, the Federal High Court in Umuahia granted Mr. Ogbonna bail and adjourned the matter to 25th May, 2020 for hearing. This is the much involving the Governor and we are ready to prosecute the case. No government official even a

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