Uche Awegbe, age 40, was charged by the police in Ebonyi State on Monday for making threats against the state’s governor, David Umahi, to kill him.
According to the police, Mr. Awegbe killed two state citizens by shooting them at Effium, a neighborhood prone to conflict in the state’s Ohaukwu Local Government Area.
The defendant was also accused of illegally possessing a knife and weapons.
The accused was also accused of inciting intercommunal conflict in the Effium community in 2021, which resulted in the deaths of some locals.
Mr. Awegbe was accused of the following:
“That you, Uche Awegbe, did threaten the life of Engr. David Umahi, the executive governor of Ebonyi State, by sending a death threat message to him through your MTN phone number 09039946XXX on August 19, 2022, at Number 9, Umuoji Street, Abakaliki, and thereby committed an offense punishable under Section 12 (1) (b) of Ebonyi State Internal Security Enforcement and Related Matters Law, Cap 55, Volume 2 Laws of
Another complaint stated:
That on November 5, 2021, in Effium Community, Ohaukwu Local Government Area, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, you, Uche Awegbe, and others in charge numbers MAB/69c/2021, MAB/838c/2021, and MAB/891c/2021 did go armed with guns and machetes in public without a legal reason in a way that caused terror and thereby committed an offense punishable under Section 80 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33, Volume
Due to the seriousness of the alleged crimes, the court rejected the defendant’s plea.
The hearing was postponed till October 10 by Magistrate Linda Ogbodo, who mandated that Mr. Awegbe be kept in custody at the Correctional Facility.