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Supreme Court Judgement: 38 Persons Arrested Over Protests In Nasarawa

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For allegedly making a public disturbance, thirty-eight suspected demonstrators protesting the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Nasarawa State gubernatorial election have been placed under detention at Lafia Correctional Center.

The state commissioner of police brought charges against the alleged protestors before Chief Magistrate Court Three in Lafia.

Recall that the protestors’ arrests came after a Supreme Court ruling that resulted in the detention of several irate demonstrators—mostly women—by security personnel.

Umaru Shehu Nadada, the state police commissioner of Nasarawa, gave the order to prosecute the protestors with causing public disturbance.

The prosecution’s attorney, Danjuma Allu, brought up the case for hearing, and Chief Magistrate Mohammed Abdullahi Lanze postponed making a decision until Monday, January 22, 2024.

Iliya Ashokpa, the defendant’s attorney, begged the court to release his client on bond, but it was denied.

The thirty-eight suspected demonstrators—among them, a guy who was purportedly detained upon picking up his car from the mechanic—were subsequently transferred to the Nigeria Correctional Center in Lafia, where they are currently awaiting trial.

Thirty-three women and around five men are among the protestors who have been remanded.

A few irate men and women in the state protested after the Supreme Court on Friday upheld Governor Abdullahi Sule as the legitimate victor of the March 18, 2023, governorship election in Nasarawa State.


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