Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Owerri West Local Government, Imo State, Rev. Jude Okenwa, Rev. Jude Okenwa, has been arraigned for property damaged.
Okenwa was made to stand before an Owerri Chief Magistrates’ Court presided over by Stella Kadurumba.
The chairman who is facing six counts brought against him by the state Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede, was alleged to have on July 8, 2020, willfully and unlawfully damaged properties.
The properties damaged include a pot of Egusi soup, two coolers of cooked rice, a big cooler of cooked beans, a bag of wrapped fufu, one big cooler of meat, a cooler of vegetable soup, a cooler of oha soup, 20 crates of soft drinks, 30 bags of sachet water, a basket of breakable plates and spoons, and 15 wash hand basins, all valued at N2,500,000. The properties belonged to one of the occupants of a shop named Blessing Onyeka
The accused was also alleged to have on the same day and time along the Onitsha-Owerri Road, in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace, forcibly entered into a land known as “Ala Nwangwu” and containing about eight shops in the possession of one Chief Damian Opara, contrary to Section 81 of the Criminal Code, Cap C38, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He was also alleged to have destroyed 98 motor spare parts, 56 motor tubes and 17 motor tyres valued at N1,300,000, property of one Onochie Obehe.
Okenwa was also alleged to have unlawfully destroyed nine panel gates, seven panel doors, 18 protectors and 10 generators, all valued at N3,500,000 and belonging to one Mr Ekene Onyewueze.
The offences were said to be contrary to and punishable under Section 451 of the Criminal Code, Cap C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, as applicable in Imo state.