An Imo State High Court, sitting in Owerri and presided over by Hon. Justice Kemakolam A. Ojiako, has sentenced the leader of Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, to one month imprisonment, for disobeying lawful order of court.
Handing down the judgment, Justice Ojiako ordered the Imo State Commissioner of Police to immediately trail, arrest and handover Chief Uwazuruike to the Federal Prisons to serve his sentence.
Ojiako recalled that there was an existing order made by his brother judge, before the matter was transferred to his Court, which Uwazuruike brazenly flouted
The Court also said that soon after the motion for committal was filed and the proceedings progressed, it found as a fact that the contemnor (Uwazuruike) actually committed the offence.
Justice Ojiako also restrained “Uwazuruike, his servants, agents, privies or any other person through him, from entering into a particular land, which is the subject matter of the suit, pending the hearing and determination of the matter”.
Hearing on the substantive matter was adjourned to July 10, 2018, for the hearing of the substantive matter.