The police in Anambra State have arraigned a 54-year-old man, Generian Ezenwata, for allegedly stealing firewood from a shrine.
He was arraigned before the Anambra State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Achina in the Aguata Local Government Area of the state and presided over by Chief Magistrate R. Agwunobi.
Ezenwata was arraigned on three counts of stealing pieces of wood from the Ohia Di Awo shrine forest, worth N38,250; placing palm fronds on the wood, which belonged to one Hillary Ezenwamadu; and giving false information to the police by claiming ownership of the firewood.
The charges read in part, “That you, Generian Ezenwata, sometime in May 2019, at the Ohia Di Awo shrine in Osete, Umuchu, Aguata Magisterial District, did steal 4,500 pieces of wood valued at N38,250,000, property of one Hillary Ezenwamadu, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 353 (12) of the Criminal Code, Cap 36, Vol. ¡¡ of the Revised Laws of Anambra State of Nigeria 1991 as amended.
“That you, Generian Ezenwata, on the aforesaid date, place and magisterial district, did conduct yourself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by placing palm fronds on pieces of wood belonging to one Hillary Ezenwamadu, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 247 (d) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 36, Vol. ii of the Revised Laws of Anambra State of Nigeria, 1991, as amended.
“That you, Generian Ezenwata, on the aforesaid date in Umuchu, did give information to the police that Hillary Ezenwamadu and Chukwudi Ezenwabasili forcefully entered your property situated inside a shrine popularly known as and called Ohia Di Awo, which information you knew or believed to be false and which made the Assistant Superintendent of Police, Okey Nwachukwu, and Inspector Bassey Ubana, persons employed in the public service of the federation, to exercise or use their lawful powers to the injury or annoyance of the aforementioned persons, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 154 (1) (b) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 36, Vol. ¡¡ of the Revised Laws of Anambra State, 1991, as amended.”