The Police yesterday arraigned six Enugu residents before a magistrate court sitting in Enugu North for allegedly beating up two officials of the State’s Ministry of Transport.
The suspects, Ndubuisi Izukamma, Onyebuchi Aniamalu, Peter Chibuzo, Eke Chukwuebuka, Chukwujekwu Aniozo and Uka Chibuike were docked on a 4-count charge with suit No MEN/360TC.
According to the prosecuting police officer, C. O Ugwu, the accused persons had on 15th July, 2015, alongside Chime Avenue, New Haven, Enugu, conspired among themselves to attack two enforcement officials of the State’s Ministry of Transport, Eze Michael and Eze Sunday, and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 495 (a) of the Criminal Code Cap 30 Vol. 11 Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria.
They were equally accused of assaulting the officials by giving them blows and throwing stones on them while they were on uniform performing their official duties and thereby committed offence under 259(a) of the Criminal Code Cap 30, Vol 11 Law of Enugu State of Nigeria.
In the third count, they were accused of damaging one official motorcycle, valued at N500,000, property of the State Ministry of Transport.
After the charges were read, all the accused persons pleaded not guilty.
Thereafter, the defence counsel, Chijioke Eze Esq., urged the court presided over by His Worship Linda Okaibe to grant them bail in liberal terms.
He told the court that “the offence for which they are being tried are bailable; I assure the court that they will provide a reasonable surety; they will always be available for their trial.”
Our online Correspondent Chukwuma Ezeogu, reported that Ruling on the application, the magistrate admitted them to bail at the cost of N50,000, with one surety each.
The matter was then adjourned to 10th and 15th August for hearing.