Six persons were on Thursday arraigned before Oredo Magistrate Court Two for contravening Edo State Private Property Protection Law 2017 for allegedly constituting Community Development Association in Ayen community in Uhunmwode Local Government Area.
Wellington Akodeja reports that the suspects, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The case between Commissioner of Police versus six others came up for hearing before her Lordship, Chief Magistrate C.A Nwoha .
An official of the court who read the charge sheet against the accused persons, Joseph Ediae, Omoruyi Osariakhimen, Iyalekhue Obaseki, Imazongbonre Ediae, Onaiwu Osagie and Paul Ekhaguere who are now at large allegedly constituted Community Development Association in Ayen community with out permission or authority of the traditional head of the community, thereby committing an offence punishable under sub section. Six of the Edo State Private Properties Protection Law of Nigeria 2017.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the one count charge.
The defence counsel, Barrister M. I Ukpebor prayed the court to grant the accused persons bail as sub section six , of section eleven PPPL law of Edo State clearly states the punishment for any body who violates the act.
Barrister Ukpebor further prayed the court to consider the age of some of the accused persons and grant them bail as they are elders of the community and can not be seen going against the laws of the land.
The prosecuting counsel, Barrister A. O. Enobalor having told the court that there was no objection to the preliminary issues raised by the defence counsel, the Presiding Chief Magistrate C. A. Nwoha granted bail to the accused persons with fifty thousand naira each and passport photographs of a reliable surety.
The case was adjourned to seventh of September 2017 for hearing.
The prosecuting counsel declined interview while defence counsel, Barrister M. I. Ukpebor comments.
The accused persons include three elders and three middle aged men.