An Ogbeson Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Benin, Edo State, has remanded an 80-year-old man, identified as one Nosakhare Osadolor, in prison custody for allegedly promoting a native war, among other charges.
Osadolor, also known as Afro, was remanded along with four other suspects.
They (other suspects) are Osaro Ogho (41), Ogbemudia Omoruyi (36), Osa Osakue (48) and Osadolor Omoruyi (28).
The octogenarian and others, now at large, were alleged to have committed the offence on June 14, 2016, at the Aduwawa area of the state.
It was learnt that he had earlier escaped capital punishment, after a Court of Appeal upturned the ruling of an Edo State High Court in an alleged case of murder.
The prosecution, in a charge marked MGB/120c/2016, alleged that Afro and the others fired gunshots and willfully destroyed some property in the area.
Among the property allegedly destroyed were the Aduwawa community secretariat valued N7m and the perimeter fence of a mosque valued N1.5m.
Suspects were also alleged to have threatened to kill the Aduwawa Community Chairman, one Ozo Edogiawerie,
The prosecution said that the offences were punishable under Section 42 and 86(2) of the Criminal Code, respectively.
However, the plea of the accused was, however, not taken as the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Take Omoruyi, declined jurisdiction over the matter, due to the recent Edo State High Court Practice Direction barring chief magistrates from determining offences brought under Section 42 of the Criminal Code.
The court, therefore, ordered that their case file be duplicated and forwarded to the office of the State Director for Public Prosecutions for legal advice while the matter was adjourned till August 8, 2016 for mention.