Ephraim Nwuzi, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Etche-Omuma Federal Constituency in Saturday’s election, has been remanded in the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Rivers State by a Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt.
According to reports, Mr Nwuzi, who is a serving lawmaker representing Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, was arraigned on charges of treasonable felony, conspiracy, motion of communal crisis, and inciting violence.
The police in Rivers State are prosecuting the lawmaker, and on Wednesday, he was denied bail and remanded in the Nigerian Correctional Centre.
The prosecution had requested that Mr Nwuzi be remanded to enable proper investigation of the charges leveled against him, As a result, he is expected to spend 10 days in the correctional facility, which could prevent his participation in the upcoming election for which he is a candidate.
According to report, the lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday at his residence in Chokocho, Etche Local Government Area by some police officers who allegedly broke into his apartment.
Grace Iringe-Koko, the spokesperson for the police in Rivers State, stated in a press release that the police had invited the lawmaker for questioning regarding an alleged inciting video in which he reportedly instructed his supporters to attack certain individuals, including officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), during the upcoming election.
Emenike Ebete, the counsel for Mr Nwuzi, spoke to reporters outside the court and expressed his belief that the charges brought against his client were not sufficient to warrant a remand.
“We have also submitted to the court that the offences disclosed in the particulars and affidavit attached to the alleged allegations were not sufficient enough for him to be remanded.
“The court in its wisdom held that the offences are grievous and that he should be remanded in prison custody until the 3rd of March 2023, pending when a charge will be preferred against him by the state,” Mr Ebete said.