By Joy Okeke
A Magistrate Court sitting in Abakaliki has sentenced a Retired Permanent Secretary, Chief Simon Nwodo to 7 days in prison without an option of fine.
Chief Nwodo who served with the State Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey under the past administration was found guilty of the five (5) count charges in suit number MAB/ 391c/ 2014.
The charges brought against him include assault, breach of peace by stopping the village Development Union from erecting primary and secondary school buildings including other developmental projects in the community and threatening to kill one Mr. Puis Nwankwegu.
He thereby committed offences punishable under sections 517 (a), 86 (1), 247 (d) all of the Criminal Code Cap. 33 Vol 1, law of Ebonyi state of Nigeria 2009.
Delivering judgment on the five years suit, the trial magistrate, Chief Magistrate Olughu Nnachi sentenced him to 7 seven days jail without fine.
“Complied with the provisions of section 135 (1) of the evidence Act 2011 as amended. The accused person is therefore found guilty in court 2 and is hereby convicted.”
“The accused person is said to be a retired permanent secretary and a grandfather therefore having this in mind, he is sentenced to seven days imprisonment without any option of fine”, magistrate Nnachi stated.