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Court Remands Patani Council Chair Over Invasion Of Delta Commissioner’s Home

Mr Perez Omoun

By Onome Oghenetega

The Chairman of Patani local government council in Delta State, Mr. Perez Omoun, has been remanded at the Ogwashi-Uku Correctional (Prison) facility by a Magistrate Court sitting in Asaba following his alleged attack on the home of the state Commissioner for Energy, Basil Ganagana.

Omoun was remanded in prison custody by a Magistrate Court in Asaba, Delta state on Wednesday after he was arraigned on a four-count charge including the intent to cause grievous harm and unlawfully inflicting injury on an aide of the Commissioner, Mr. Ebikapade Tuesday.

The embattled Patani council boss had invaded the home of Ganagana, a former speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, destroying vehicles as well as making attempt to attack the commissioner and his family last Sunday in Asaba, the state capital.

Omoun allegedly used his Lexus 570 SUV to pull down the gate of the commissioner where he also vandalised several vehicles belonging to the former lawmaker, family members and ministry of energy parked inside the premises when he could not gain access to the commissioner’s bedroom

The Presiding Magistrate, V. O. Okonta, ordered that the accused be kept at the Ogwashi-Uku Correctional centre till 30th of December, 2020, pending the determination of his bail application and the issue of jurisdiction raised by the prosecutor, Mr. F. O. Itua.

The case is between the Delta Commissioner of Police and Mr. Omoun.

Omoun, a lawyer, was also charged for maliciously damaging eight cars belonging to Hon. Ganagana,his family members and the Ministry of Energy valued at N199.9 million during the invasion of the commissioner’s home.

In a motion by the State Commissioner of Police, the prosecution prayed the court to remand Mr. Omoun in prison custody since the court lacks the jurisdiction to adjudicate on the suit a request the court granted after entertaining objections from the defense counsel and adjourned further hearing on the matter till 30th December 2020.

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