The police prosecutor, S.E. Onyemauche, arraigned the suspects on eight counts before the Magistrate’s Court, Umuahia.

He accused the defendants of conspiring to commit felony and riotous assembly.

He also accused the defendants of malicious damage to property, adding that they “willfully and unlawfully broke the windscreen of a vehicle, a property of the Nigerian Army."

The police equally accused the suspects of resisting, and injuring Sergeant Adewuyi Aderemi, Private Eze Kenneth and Lance Corporal Ayaogu of 14 Battalion, Ohafia.

This is an offence said to be punishable under Section 332 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 80, Vol 3, Law of  Abia State, 2005.

The defendants pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

The Chief Magistrate, Linda Ugbaja, admitted the defendants to bail with one surety each who must be resident in  the Umuahia North Magistrial District.

The surety must show evidence of three years tax clearance; or in the alternative, pay the sum of 400,000 each.

The case was adjourned till September 18.

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