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Man arraigned over alleged theft of traditional stool in Delta

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An Asaba Magistrate’s Court has granted bail to Nwanze Oduah in the sum of N1 million with a surety who must own a house within the Asaba Magisterial District following alleged theft of a traditional stool.

According to the presiding Chief Magistrate, Benjamin Debie, Oduah, 54, was arraigned on a five-count charge of stealing an Ikenga Ahaba, the traditional stool of the Odogwu of Asaba, with some other persons now at large.

The prosecutor, E.K.O. Basil, told the court that the accused person and others now at large, on January 11, at late Nwamu’s compound, Umuda village, Umuaji Quarters, Asaba, conspired among themselves to commit felony to wit: stealing and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code Law Cap. C 21 Vol. 1 Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2006.

Basil said the accused stole the “Ikenga Ahaba,” the traditional stool of the Odogwu title, property of the Asaba community.

The prosecutor alleged on the third count charge that Oduah breached the public peace by forcefully removing the Ikenga Ahaba (war deity) from the premises of late Nwamu, the late Odogwu, and parading himself as the present Odogwu of Asaba, dancing along the street with the stool, thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 249 (d) of the Criminal Code Law Cap C21 Vol. 1 Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2006.

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