Hercules Okoro
Hercules Okoro

A serving member of the Imo State House of Assembly, Hercules Okoro was on Monday, remanded in an Owerri correctional facility for alleged assault onnthe order of an Owerri Magistrate Court, presided over by D.V. Okoroji.

Okoro, a member of the All Progressives Congress, represents Ohaji Egbema State Constituency in the state assembly.

The lawmaker was arrested on 13 November following an altercation between him and deputy speaker, Amarachi Iwuanyanwu also an APC member.

On Monday, Okoro was arraigned, charged with an eight count assault occasioning harm. But he pleaded not guilty.

Before Okoro was remanded in prison, his lawyer Mr Amandibuogu Osondu asked for his bail.

He argued that the offence is bailable and that incarcerating the lawmaker further was against justice.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr T Okee said that he needed more time to respond to the bail request.

In his ruling, Magistrate Okoroji advised the parties to exchange briefs.

He adjourned the case till 18 November