The trial of the Secretary to Rivers State Government, Kenneth Kobani, who is charged with electoral offences, breach of public peace and terrorism, has started today at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
According to PM News, Kobani who allegedly committed the crime on March 19 in Gokana local Government area of the state, is being prosecuted for alleged electoral offences by the Department of State Security, DSS.
It was gathered that Kobani is accused of allegedly holding some Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials hostage during the March 19 rerun election in Gokana Local Government.
On cross examination at resumed trial, the INEC electoral officer in charge of the election in Gokana Emmanuel Isong told the court that the rerun election was disrupted in the area due to heavy shooting and explosions.
The INEC electoral officer did not indict any political party or individual for the electoral violence in Gokana.
The Secretary to the Rivers State Government Kobani, who is a lawyer and currently on bail was present in court as the case has now been adjourned for further hearing till 28th September, 2016.