RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT WILL STILL PUNISH CHIDI LLOYD



The Rivers State Government is still pursuing the prosecution of former Majority Leader of the State House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd for attempted murder. The Director of Public Prosecution had in December, withdrawn a case it filed before the High Court seeking to revisit the charges which were dropped in 2014. But the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike at the flagging off of a road project in Omuma on Saturday, said the state government will prosecute the former lawmaker under a different law.

Chidi Lloyd was immensely involved in a brawl at the Rivers State House of Assembly when some lawmakers attempted to impeach the then Speaker of the House, Otelemba Amachree. Mr. Lloyd who was a Majority leader in the 7th Assembly was pictured in a video, using a mace to hit a fellow lawmaker, Michael Chinda. Lloyd was charged with attempted murder but was later acquitted by the court when the prosecution dropped all charges against him.

In July 2017, the Rivers State Governor directed the Attorney General of the State Emma Aguma to reopen the case and ensure that the former lawmaker answer for his crime. After about five months of hearing, the court granted a request by the Director of Public Prosecution to discontinue the case.

From the Governor’s statement last weekend, the former lawmaker could be in court soon again to face the same, a similar or related charge in connection to his actions during the brawl at the state assembly in 2013.

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