Warri Monarch Arraigned For Assault, Malicious Destruction

Warri Monarch Arraigned For Assault, Malicious Destruction
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The Head of the Ikaye community in the oil-rich Ologbo community and the Iyasere of Warri, Chief Johnson Atseleghe has been detained and arraigned on a seven-count charge of assault and malicious destruction of property in Ologbo dukedom, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area in Edo, before Justice Efe Ikponnwonba of Edo State High Court on Tuesday.

The mornach who has been revealed to be 54 years old according to the police Prosecutor, DSP Orobosa Okunbor, had committed the offence on the Feb. 2, at Ologbo in the Benin judicial Division.

He said Atseleghe conspired ” to carry on warlike undertaking, malicious damage, punishable under section 517 of the Criminal code, cap. 48.vol.11 Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976 as applicable in Edo state.”

Okunbor had therefore urged the court not to grant him bail, maintaining that he was fond of formenting trouble when granted bail.

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He cited previous criminal cases of murder against Atseleghe, in which he was granted bail before he allegedly committed new offences. Atseleghe, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

His Counsel, Eghedosa Imhandegbelo (SAN) in his oral bail application, urged the court to grant him bail. The presiding judge, Justice Efe Ikponmwonba, however, adjourned the case to June 27, for hearing of application for bail.

Atseleghe pleaded “not guilty” after which his counsel, Eghedosa Imhandegbelo (SAN) urged the court to grant him bail.

Justice Ikponmwonba adjourned the case to June 27 for hearing on the application.

In another report, a Federal High Court sitting in Warri has vindicated Chief Robinson Ariyo of a case of forgery instigated against him by a fellow chief in the Palace of the Olu of Warri Kingdom in 2018.

The judgement came four years after the case was levelled against him.

The presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, ordered Dr Winifred Temisanren to pay Chief Ariyo five million naira as the general cost of damages.

Justice Abang gave the order on June 17, 2022, while delivering judgement on a lawsuit FHC/WR/CS/75/2018 between Ariyo (Applicant) and Temisanren (1st Respondent) and five others.

 

Africa Daily News, New York

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