Archive for March, 2014

MURDER TRIAL: CHIDI LLOYD DISCHARGED AND ACQUITTED

March 30, 2014

Port Harcourt –  Mr Chidi Lloyd, Majority Leader of the Rivers House of Assembly, was on Thursday discharged and acquitted by a High Court in Port Harcourt over a charge of attempted murder.

Justice Ledan Nyordee, who delivered the judgment, said there was nothing the court could do in the matter as the police was not willing to prosecute the case.

Lloyd was arrested and charged with attempted murder of Mr Michael Chinda, (PDP- Obio/Akpor 11) in the state legislature.

Lloyd was alleged to have hit Chinda on the head with a mace during a fight between the supporters of Gov. Chibuike Ameachi and anti-Amaechi legislators in July 2013.

NAN also recalls that the state legislative complex was closed down after the free-for-all.

File: Embattled Rivers House of Assembly Leader Hon Chidi Lloyd at the High Court in Rivers State recently. Photo; Nwankpa Chijioke

The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice had written the court to inform it that the police did not send the case file to his office.

Justice Nyordee said the court was handicapped in the matter as the police was not willing to prosecute the case and cited the relevant section of the constitution to support the court’s decision.

NAN further recalls that the matter had suffered several adjournments due to the police “inability’’ to make the case file available  to the attorney-general.

Mr Beluolisa Nwaofor (SAN), counsel to the accused person, told reporters that “my client is free as far as this matter is concerned.

“You will recall that the attorney-general and commissioner for justice had written the court to inform it that the police did not send the case file to his office’’, Nwaofor said. (NAN)

HOW MUCH CAN A FACE TELL?

March 18, 2014
What does this face say?

What does this face say?

How much can the face tell? As I head towards the bus station in a taxi to board a bus to the village,I can’t help but look and scrutinize the faces of every passers-by just to see if I could catch a glimpse of what the mind tells.

From the faces of co-passengers to pedestrians I wonder what could be going on in their minds. Some had smiling faces,some plain but some wear a total disgust. A man just drove by with a facial expression that reminds me of an owl. Some other person has a facial expression that could make him an amiable individual. How much can you really get from a face? On some faces you can read a whole lot of sadness,some a whole tale of poverty is grimly engraved.

I once did a personal ‘study’ of the faces of some police in Lagos state. What I read was too appalling to bring to fore. Their eyes were terrible,they show pure cases of corruption and indecency. No element of purity could be read from most of them. Some that were a little clean could also be spotted out.

Have you ever seen the eyes of a killer? Pray you never behold so a deadly and scary sight. Those eyes are blank and dead.
The eyes don’t lie,they have on them indelibly etched stories and experienced by the owner. If only one is capable of reading or deciphering the encryptions on them, what an unraveling journey that would be. What a story one would derive from such a maze embedded in them.