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Friday, 28 March 2014

Hon. Chidi Lloyd Acquitted For Murder

Port Harcourt - Mr Chidi Lloyd, Majority
Leader of the Rivers House of Assembly, was
on Thursday 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 Gov. Chibuike Ameachi
and anti-Amaechi legislators in July 2013.
NAN also recalls that the state legislative
complex was closed down after the free-for-
all.

The State 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.
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.

NAN further recalls that the matter had
suffered several adjournments due to the
police “inability’’ to make the case file
available to the attorney-general.
Mr Beluolisa Nwaofor (SAN), 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. (NAN)

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