Court issues warrant for arrest of a ‘fake’ King in Delta 

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By Festus Ahon, ASABA

A Magistrate Court sitting in Ibusa, Delta State has issued a warrant for the arrest of one Mr Rueben Raleigh Ogode who is facing trial for unlawfully installing and parading himself as a Traditional Ruler within the Ughievwen Kingdom contrary to the Traditional Rulers Council and Chieftaincy law of the State.

The defendant who was initially charged to the Magistrate Court, Otu-Jeremi before the charge was transferred to the Chief Magistrate Court, Ibusa, failed to appear before the court on the adjourned date even when his counsel was in Court.

The Court which sat Thursday had before now obliged Counsel to the defendant an adjournment on the ground of alleged ill-health and ordered the Counsel to take the Registrar of the Court to the hospital bed to sight the Defendant.

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Counsel to the Defendant failed to comply with the order of the court. At the resumed hearing on Thursday, the Prosecutor applied to the Court for the issuance of a bench warrant for the arrest of the Defendant and to bring him before the Court to face his trial.

The application was granted by the court for lack of any cogent reasons for the absence of the defendant.

The Court has adjourned the matter to 18th January 2021 for further hearing.

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