The Government of Kogi State has filed fresh charges against two activists who were arbitrarily arrested in April of 2021 in Lokoja and thoroughly dehumanised by hoodlums hired by the state governor Yahaya Bello for pasting Buhari-Must-Go posters.
After their dehumanisation, they were handed to the Kogi State Police Command who concocted frivolous charges against the activists and secretly arraigned them without the knowledge of their lawyers. Also, the Magistrate Court in which they were arraigned was not made known to the public, whilst the name of the presiding magistrate was concealed.
The activists were later remanded in Kabba Prison where they were reportedly harassed and gravely tortured by prison forces hired by the Kogi State Government. They were later granted bail after spending 68 days in illegal custody, after the the Kogi State Government tried in vain to frustrate the bail application and its eventual success.
In a recent development, however, the Government of Kogi State working in collaboration with its Ministry of Justice filed fresh, baseless charges against the activists via suit number Cmcl/123m/2021 at the Lokoja Magistrate’s Court.
Some of the exhibit as contained in the court documents seen by CitizensAlert include 2 roller brushes, 23 posters, 2 tins of red paint and a video CD.
In the fresh, bogus charges filed against the activists, they were accused of illegally accessing the properties of both the Kogi State Government and that of the Federal Government with the intent of causing harm and diminishing its value, which they claimed is contrary to Section 97 of the Kogi State Penal code 2019.
In another bogus claim, the activists were also charged for committing mischief by painting road dividers and walls with the inscription “Buhari Must Go” which they also claimed is contrary to Section 328 of the Kogi State Penal code, 2019.
The activists distanced themselves from the bogus charges concocted against them, insisting they were not guilty.
Counsel to the Kogi State Government and Ministry of Justice prayed the court for new bail conditions to be imposed on the activists but this was opposed to by Aliyu, legal representative of the activists. Aliyu’s arguments were sustained by the court.
CitizensAlert gathered that the court ordered the prosecution to furnish the defence with every document referenced in the new charges. Hearing was then slated for September 7.
See court documents below: