Man, 51, May Be Jailed For Allegedly Belonging To Illegitimate ‘State of Biafra’

A 51-year-old man, Ozalla Onyechukwugoziri, on Friday appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly belonging to an unlawful society called the “State of Biafra”.

Onyechukwugoziri is facing trial on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, attending meetings of an unlawful society and belonging to a secret cult. The accused, however, said he was not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

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But the Prosecutor, ASP Elizabeth Ekuma, said that the accused committed the offences on July 13. She told the court that the offences were committed between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., at No. 22, Ajijedidun St., off Agunlejika Bus stop, Ijeshatedo.

She said that Onyechukwugoziri belonged to an unlawful society that goes by the name “State of Biafra” and that he had been attending meetings of the illegitimate group.

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Ekuma said the offences of the accused contravened sections 41, 42(a) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The Magistrate, Miss B.O. Ope-Agbe, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with two “responsible’’ sureties in like sum.

The sureties must provide proof of payment of tax to the Lagos State government,’’ she said.
The magistrate adjourned the case to Sept. 15 for mention.

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