The Department of State Security(DSS) on Tuesday arraigned Secretary to the Rivers state government , SSG, Mr Kenneth Kobani and a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Mr Azubuike Chikere Wanjoku at a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt over alleged misconducts during the last rerun elections in the state. The SSG , Mr Kobani and others at large were among other things specifically charged for an alleged offence punishable by the Terrorism prevention act of 2011.
The charges in part reads that, “You Kenneth Kobani with others at large on or about March 3 ,2016 at a meeting held in your residence at Bodo community , Gokana local government did conspire to carry out activities that could cause the breach of the peace and break down of law and order on the 19 March 2016 thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 516 of the criminal code act Count two – that you Kenneth Kobani and others at large on or about March 19 2016 at the premises of INEC office, Gokana LGA, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court did conduct yourself in a manner that caused the breach of peace by leading and instructing your followers to barricade the entrance of the INEC office, prevent officials of the commission and other adhoc staff from discharging their duties and causing stampede in the vicinity thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 249 d of the criminal code. Count three that on or about 19 March ,2016 at the premises of INEC office , Gokana LGA, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court did hold Mr James Simon , an official of the commission and other adhoc staff hostage until their eventual rescue by security personnel, thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 11 of the Terrorism prevention act 2011.”
Kobani pleaded not guilty to all the charges.