Ebonyi State Police command has arraigned a 40-year-old-man, Uche Awegbe, before an Abakaliki magistrate’s court for allegedly threatening to kill Governor David Umahi.
Awegbe was also accused by the police of shooting two residents dead and caused communal crises in the state.
The accused, according to the police, sent death threat massages to Umahi via telephone.
He was arraigned in a case marked MAB/ 634c/202 and accused of being in possession of guns and machetes.
The police prosecutor, Sergeant Obi Eberechukwu claimed that the defendant threatened the life of the governor on August 19, 2022 at Number 9, Umuoji street, Abakaliki by sending death threat text messages to him.
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He was also accused of unlawfully possessing guns and machetes and has also promoted inter-communal war in Effuim community, Ohaukwu local government area in 2021 which led to the death of some residents.
The charge reads: “You, Uche Awegbe, on the 19th day of August 2022 at Number 9, Umuoji Street, Abakaliki, did threaten the life of Engr. David Umahi, the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State by sending death threat message to him through your MTN phone number 09039946XXX thereby committed offence punishable under Section 12(1)(b) of Ebonyi State Internal Security Enforcement and Related Matters Law, Cap 55, Volume 2 Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
“You, Uche Awegbe, and others in charge numbers MAB/69c/2021,MAB/838c/ 2021 and MAB/891c/2021 on the 5th day of November 2021 at Effuim community, Ohaukwu Local Government Area within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did go armed with guns and machetes in public without lawful occasion in such a manner as to cause terror and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 80 of the Criminal Code, Cap 33, Volume 1 Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”