Court Remands Edo Lawmaker In Prison

Court Remands Edo Lawmaker In Prison

A member of the Edo State House of Assembly, Mr Rasaq Momoh, has been remanded in prison custody by a Magistrate Court sitting in Auchi, Etsako-West Local Government Area of the state.

 

Momoh, who represents Etsako west constituency 1 in the Assembly, was arrested on April 20, 2013, over unlawful possession of firearm.

 

The lawmaker, who was earlier arraigned on May 2, 2013, before Magistrate Caroline Nwoha, was allegedly arrested during the state’s local government elections in Agbede, Etsako-west Local Government Area.

 

Daily trust correspondent reports that Nwoha had on May 2 remanded Momoh in police custody instead of prison on health grounds based on the prayers of counsel to the accused, Mr Olayiwola Afolabi.

 

The magistrate then reserved ruling for Tuesday after listening to the amendment of the earlier charge of unlawful possession of fire arm to that of robbery.

 

The prosecutor, the state’s commissioner of police, who was represented by Mr Daniel Mato, had also prayed for the case to be heard in the state High Court, adding that the charge had nothing to do with electoral offence.

 

He argued that it was only a mere coincidence that the offence was committed the same day the council polls took place.

 

In her ruling, Magistrate Nwoha said her court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter. She adjourned the matter to June 3, 2013, and ordered that the accused be remanded in Auchi prison pending the date.

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