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NIGERIA: Fugar crisis, newly sworn in chairman remanded in prison

NEWLY elected Chairman for Etsako Central Local Government Council of Edo State, Mr. Emma Momoh, who was allegedly involved in the Fugar crisis that claimed two lives on the eve of the council polls in the state was, yesterday, remanded in Auchi Prison by a Fugar Magistrate Court.

It would be recalled that during the crisis, apart from the loss of lives, property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

Vanguard gathered that a tense atmosphere has, however, enveloped Fugar and its environs following the court’s order just as the lawmaker representing the constituency in the state House of Assembly, Mr. Johnson Oghuma, alleged that the Zone 5 of the Nigeria Police hurriedly re-arrested him, Tuesday, and charged him to court yesterday.

Oghuma told newsmen in a telephone interview that the action of the police was necessitated by the lawsuit instituted against them over human rights violation the chairman suffered in police detention in Abuja.

The legislator said Momoh, through his lawyer, had instituted a N100 million suit against the police for violating his fundamental human right.

However, Momoh’s counsel, A. A. Itemuagbon, said the case would come up tomorrow where the motion for his bail application would be taken.

Three other persons apart from the chairman who are members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the town were also remanded in prison custody.

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