The Majority Leader of the Rivers House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to the six-count charge brought against him.
Lloyd was arraigned before a Port Harcourt High Court on charges bordering on attempted murder, conspiracy, wounding, assault, and malicious damage.
The presiding Judge, Justice Latan Nyordee, said the plea of the accused could be taken on the ground that he had been properly arraigned before court adding that the earlier oral announcement of the attorney-general of the state, Nwogu Boms, taking over the case was premature.
Counsel to the accused, Beluolisa Nwofor said that he had applied for his bail through a motion on notice which the court graciously allowed him to argue
Speaking to newsmen, Nwofor said that he argued a motion for his client’s bail because all his offences were bailable and Lloyd had been in detention beyond the number of days allowed by law.
The judge, however, struck the counter affidavit against the bail of the accused and postponed hearing on the motion for bail till next court sitting.
Adjourning the case to August 14 for hearing, Nyordee ruled that the accused should be remanded in prison custody.