An Owerri High Court yesterday granted bail to the wife of Activist Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha. Samuelson’s bail hearing will come up in January 2015. Iwuoha, the immediate past Media Aide to the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly and his wife Chioma, were arrested on June 3rd 2014 over the alleged killing of one Frankline Okolie near Iwuoha’s house at Willie Elezieanya Street, Ikenegbu Owerri.
The arrest of the Activist is regarded as political victimization as he is known for criticizing government policies. One notable fact is that the families of the deceased have said severally that Iwuoha and his wife have no hand in the murder of their son. After two months in police detention, the couple were charged to the Magistrate Court sitting in Owerri for murder.
The Presiding Magistrate remarked that her court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain a murder case. She remanded the couple in the Federal Prisons, Owerri and directed the police counsel to forward the case file to the Director for Public Prosecution (DPP) for further action. Various Human Rights organizations and lawyers have been battling for their release. – Kenneth Uwadi