Rivers crisis: Police arraign Assembly leader, Lloyds, for attempted murder, conspiracy

By The Citizen

The Police authorities have filed a six-count charge of conspiracy and murder against the Majority Leader of Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Chidi Lloyd before a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt.

It was gathered that the Police after a careful and thorough examination of both oral and video evidences as well as the contributions of parties involved, came to the conclusion, adding  'we have done our part, it is now left to the court to assign the case and fix hearing date.'

The filing of charges against Lloyd, came as the Police authorities in Abuja, denied allegations by Rivers State lawmakers that the Majority Leader, was tortured and maltreated while in Abuja for interrogation.

The state lawmakers, who raised alarm over the deteriorating health of Lloyd, had alleged that he was going blind because of the tear gas spread into his eyes, adding that he was badly manhandled while in Police custody, in addition to being handcuffed.
But Force Spokesman, Mr. Frank Mba, said that 'As far as we are concerned, detectives from the Police headquarters were very professional and very civil in handling Llyod's case. As a matter of fact, throughout his stay in Abuja, he was given very polite but professionally firm treatment.'

It will be recalled that shortly before Lloyd was flown back to Port Harcourt, after his interrogation, his case-file on the fracas that took place at the Rivers Assembly, was forwarded to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, for legal advice. - Vanguard.