Thursday, March 27, 2014

Court acquits Chidi Lloyd of attempted murder

Majority Leader of the Rivers House of Assembly, Mr. Chidi Lloyd was today discharged and acquitted by a High Court in Port Harcourt  over a charge of attempted murder.

Justice Ledan Nyordee, who delivered the judgment, said there  was nothing the court could do in  the matter as the police was not  willing to prosecute the case.

Lloyd was arrested and charged with attempted murder of Mr. Michael Chinda, (PDP- Obio/Akpor 11) in the state legislature.

Lloyd was alleged to have hit Chinda on the head with a mace during a fight between the supporters of Governor Chibuike Ameachi and anti-Amaechi legislators in July 2013.

Justice Nyordee said the court was  handicapped in the matter as the  police was not willing to prosecute  the case and cited the relevant  section of the constitution to  support the court's decision.

Mr Beluolisa Nwaofor, counsel to the accused person, told reporters  that "my client is free as far as this  matter is concerned.

"You will recall that the attorney-general and commissioner for justice had written the court to inform it that the police did not send the case file to his office," Nwaofor said.

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