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Enugu: Attorney prosecuted over unlawful eviction

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IFEANYI EZUGWU,ENUGU.

Following the eviction of a tenant at 14 Zakks Ave, Corridor Layout Enugu, the Police in Enugu has charged a legal practitioner in the State  Barr. Tony Mogboh (Jnr) to Court over allegations of unlawful eviction of a tenant.

The tenant, Hon. Ejikeme Odumegwu, had reported a case of unlawful eviction from his No. 14 Zakks Ave, Corridor Layout Enugu residence which was investigated by the police and charged to court.

In the case Commissioner of Police Vs Barr. Anthony Mogboh jnr brought before an Enugu South Magistrate Court, the police in  charge NO. MES/308c 2013 accused the lawyer of “conspiracy, house breaking, stealing and malicious damage.”

There was however a mild drama when the case was mentioned as the DPP Victor Emeribe accompanied by the Enugu NBA chairman Barr. Henry Eya suddenly appeared to have ‘hijacked’ proceedings.

The accused had responded and was ready to be ushered to the dock and the complainant had also responded to his mention.

Every person in court was silent waiting for the plea from the accused person when the DPP raised a letter which he said was from the Attorney-General of the State Barr. Tony Ani (SAN).

He made an oral application for the matter to be stepped down pointing out that the AG needed to vet the case file and come up with its legal opinion.

Police prosecutor Emmanuel Akpa (ASP) raised an objection that the application was a wrong approach to the Procedural Act and an attempt to sweep the matter under the carpet and that he was not consulted on the development.

Presiding magistrate J. C Amadi reacted by asking the prosecutor if he knew who was speaking and went ahead to grant the application.

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