The Eze Ndigbo of Ajao Estate in Lagos, Frederick Nkemdilim Nwajagu, has been arraigned before Justice Yetunde Adesanya of a Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), for alleged terrorism.
Nwajagu is being prosecuted by the Lagos State Government on nine-count charges bordering on an attempt to commit acts of terrorism, participate in terrorism, meeting to support a proscribed entity, attempt to finance an act of terrorism, and preparation to commit an act of terrorism.
In the suit marked no: LD/21505C/2023, his offences are said to contravene the provision of Section 403(2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, and sections 12(c), 18, 21, 29 & 12(a) of the Terrorism (Prevention & Prohibition) Act, 2022, among others.
Represented by the Deputy Director in the Ministry of Justice, Jonathan Ogunsanya, the Attorney General of Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo, told the court to allow the defendant to take his plea.
The defendant denied the allegation and pleaded not guilty to all counts.
Subsequently, the judge adjourned the case to July 4 and 5, 2023, for trial.
Nwajagu was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) over an alleged threat to invite members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to Lagos to secure properties of Igbo people in the state.
Nwajagu’s move followed the unchecked intimidation, harassment, killing of Igbos and destruction of their properties by APC thugs who were reportedly sponsored by the ruling parties political leaders in the state.
After the footage of his threat went viral, the Nigerian police detained him in the early hours of this morning, April 1.
Many Nigerians condemned his arrest and blamed the government for turning a blind eye to the destruction of Igbo properties and intimidation by known individuals in Lagos.
Reacting to the Nwajagu’s arrest at the time, public commentator, Daddy Freeze wrote at the time:
“The government needs to guard the properties of the citizens no matter the tribe.
“He shouldn’t have used IPOB tho. But these guys are frustrated.”
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