Four Fubara’s loyalists Face FGs’ Terrorism Charges in Abuja Court

The federal government has filed terrorism charges against four men who allegedly stormed, vandalized and set ablaze the Rivers State House of Assembly in October last year.

The attack was part of the political unrest that engulfed Port Harcourt, the state capital, during that period.

The four accused are Chima Eguma Ezebalike, Prince Lukman Oladele, Kenneth Goodluck Kpasa, Osiga Donald and Ochueja Thankgod. They are believed to be supporters of Siminalaye Fubara, a Rivers State politician.

They are currently in the custody of the anti-terrorism unit of the police at the Force Headquarters in Abuja and will be arraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja today.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, is the complainant in the case, which is marked FHC/ABJ/CR/25/2024. The immediate past factional Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Edison Ehie, is also named in the 7-count terrorism charges, but he is said to be on the run with other suspects.

The charges allege that the accused, armed with dynamite, iron rods, lighters and other weapons, conspired to commit acts of terrorism by wilfully destroying public properties and killing six people, including a Superintendent of Police (SP), Bako Agbashim, and five police informants at Ahoada community of the state.

The police informants who were killed are Charles Osu, Ogbonna Eja, Idaowuka Felix, Paul Victor Chibuogu and Saturday Edi.

The charges also accuse the suspects of using various cult groups, such as Supreme Viking Confraternity, Degbam, Iceland and Greenland, to terrorize the people of the state and disrupt their economic activities.

These offences are punishable under section 26 of the Terrorism Prevention and Prohibition Act 2022 and section 1 of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Simon Lough, will lead the prosecution team before Justice Bolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court in Abuja today.

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