By Paul Osuyi
SEVEN pro-Biafra agitators have been remanded in prison custody by a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State capital over alleged murder of three police officers.
The accused are charged with the murder of ASP Genesis Akagha, Sgt. Itoro Thompson and Cpl. Biosu Onyeka of the state police command.
The incident occurred in Asaba on May 30, 2016 during a demonstration by pro-Biafra agitators, including members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
It was on the occasion of the anniversary of the declaration of Biafra by the late Chukuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu in 1967.
Other charges preffered against them include cultism, conspiracy, membership of unlawful society and illegal possession of arms.
The offences, according to the charge sheet, are punishable under various sections of the Criminal Code, Cap C.21 Vol.1 Laws of Delta State of Nigeria 2006 and the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism/Terrorism Cap C.28 Law No. 8 of Delta State of Nigeria, 2013.
Their plea was not taken by the court presided over by F.I. Dikeh, who ordered that they should be remanded in prison custody. He adjourned the matter to July 11 for mention.