A passenger opposed to the inauguration of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on an Air Peace flight from Abuja to Lagos, Obiajulu Uja, has been arraigned before the Zuba Magistrates’ Court, Abuja and remanded in prison custody.
The development was revealed by passenger’s lawyer, Ejike Ugwu, to The PUNCH after his arraignment on Monday.
Uja was on Friday evening carried off a Lagos-Abuja flight after he started a lone protest, demanding Tinubu must never be sworn in as president on May 29.
In the viral video that made the rounds on Saturday, it took the efforts of no fewer than six airport security officers to evacuate him after holding up the aircraft for more than an hour, as the 6pm flight had yet to move as of 7pm.
A copy of the charge sheet sighted by The PUNCH Correspondent showed that Uja was charged with “public nuisance, resistance to a lawful arrest, threatening violence and conduct likely to cause a breach of peace contrary to sections 396, 267,188,172 and 144 of the Penal Code Law”.
The lawyer told The PUNCH: “He was arraigned at the Zuba Magistrates’ Court after they deceived us because yesterday he was taken to Muhammadu Buhari Police Hospital, Area 11 Abuja.”
Ugwu, who exclusively spoke to The PUNCH Correspondent in Abuja, noted that his client was admitted at the Muhammadu Buhari Police Hospital, adding that the hospital did not have a psychiatrist doctor and psychologist to examine him.
He, however, said a doctor was invited from National Hospital, Abuja to examine Uja but the efforts unfortunately was futile.
He added: “While we were there, it was around 3pm they told us that they wanted to arraign him in Zuba Magistrates’ Court.
“We reminded the court that the same police invited the doctor to examine him and the same police instead of waiting for the doctors to examine him hurriedly charged him to court.
“Even with the test we did, we spent almost N40,000 at the Police clinic.
“All the tests they conducted we abandoned all of them.
“They have not prescribed any medicine.
“The way the police are handling it is as if they have an interest in the matter because you took somebody to a police clinic, you are coming to court to tell the court you want the person to be remanded in prison because you want to continue the investigation.
“Until now we do not know the result of the test that was conducted in the hospital because they hurriedly took him away from the hospital.”
Ugwu further noted that his client’s bail application was coming up on Thursday.