A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the application seeking the dismissal of the terrorism charge brought against five supporters of Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers state in relation to their alleged involvement in the last attack on the state House of Assembly complex.
The five are Chime Eguma Ezebalike, Prince Lukman Oladele, Kenneth Goodluck Kpasa, Osiga Donald and Ochueja Thankgod.
Justice Bolaji Olajuwon, in a ruling on Friday, held that the seven-count charge, marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/25/2024 was properly filed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
Justice Olajuwon upheld the argument by lawyer to the IGP, Simon Lough (SAN) that the Nigeria Police Force (NGF) is empowered the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022 to institute and prosecute terrorism offences.
The defendants had urged the court to dismiss the charge on the grounds that the police lacked the power to prosecute terrorism offences.
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