The case of four students of Community Secondary School, Nkpolu, Oroworukwo, Mile 3, Diobu, on charges bordering on cultism has been transferred to Juvenile court by Chief Magistrate Philipa Dike-Udenna.
Chief Magistrate Dike-Udenna ordered the case file be transferred to juvenile court the moment the case was mentioned.
Our correspondent reports that the case was transferred to Juvenile court presided over by Chief Magistrate Rita Oguguo and the juvenile court usually sits on Thursday.
Recall that the Nkpolu Divisional Police, Mile 3, had arraigned the students last Friday and the case assigned to magistrate court presided over by Chief Magistrate Dike-Udenna but the students were remanded in Police custody after the court did not sit and were brought back to court on Monday.
Our correspondent who sighted the charge report that the charge sheet PMC 1478C read that “you Uchechi Okene ‘m’ aged 17,Hakeem Suleman ‘m’ aged 18,Sunday Progress ‘m’ aged 16 years and Nicholas Benson ‘m’ aged 16 years on the 17th day of November 2021 in Community Secondary School Nkpolu, Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt in Port Harcourt magisterial district did conspire to commit felony to wit: Cultism and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 516(A) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37 Vol.11 laws of Rivers State of Nigeria”.
Count 11 read “That you Uchechi Okene ‘m’ Hakeem Suleiman ‘m’ Sunday Progress ‘m’ and Nicholas Benson ‘m’ on the same date and place at the aforesaid magisterial district did belong and are members of Deegbam Secret cult group and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 2(1) of the Secret Cult and similar activities Prohibition N0 6 Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria”.