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There was jubilation at the High Court sitting in Otuocha in Anambra East local government of Anambra State following the discharge of eleven youths over alleged attempted kidnapping, cultism and malicious damage against a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obimma.
The accused, from Uruebo Nkewelle Ezunaka community, were arrested last year June over the charges.
But when the matter was called up for trial, the complainant, who is the Spiritual Director of Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry Uke, told the court of his intention to withdraw the case as the accused were his brothers who should be forgiven.
The presiding Judge, Justice H. N Ozoh after hearing from the complainant, discharged and acquitted the youths.
The accused that came from Correctional Centre with prison uniform immediately changed their attire and reunited with their family members who besieged the court with other members of the community.
Reacting, two elders of the community, Ogbuefi Abel Okafor and Ogbuefi Augustine Okadigbo whose sons were among the freed youths commended the court for doing the needful, stressing that there were much to be done to bring lasting peace to the area.