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Judge threatens to strike out trial of 4 alleged of kidnapping, killing Imo monarch

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Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja on Monday threatened to strike out terrorism fees introduced towards 4 defendants who allegedly kidnapped and killed the standard ruler of Amanze-Obowo autonomous neighborhood in Imo state, Eze Basil Njoku.

The menace by Justice Nyako adopted the absence of the Lawyer Common of the Federation, AGF, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN in courtroom to guide the prosecution of the defendants.

Though the 4 defendants had been billed for arraignment by 9am, the Decide was pressured to shift it until midday because of the non-appearance of the AGF or his representatives in courtroom.

The 4 defendants are Jude Iheme and Chika Madukwe, Nwokorie Chidiebere Ejike and Victor Nwajuiba Obumneke.

The three counts earlier slammed towards them have been elevated to 5 within the amended fees.

By midday, when the arraignment was to carry, neither the AGF nor his consultant nonetheless appeared in courtroom and no data or communication was additionally made to the courtroom.

The state of affairs prompted the choose to ask legal professionals to the defendants into her chambers the place an adjournment of April thirtieth was mounted.

Though lead counsel to the defendants, Solomon Akume, SAN had utilized for dismissal of the terrorism fees towards the defendants, Justice Nyako opted to offer the AGF one other probability to guide a diligent prosecution

The Decide, nevertheless, held that within the occasion of the AGF or his representatives not showing in courtroom on the adjourned date, the courtroom could haven’t any possibility however to strike out the costs towards the defendants for need of diligent prosecution.

On the March 20 final adjourned date, the AGF represented by David Kaswe a lawyer from the Federal Ministry of Justice had taken over the prosecution of the defendants from the Inspector Common of Police IGP who initiated the trial of the defendants

Kaswe had informed the choose that the AGF invoked part 174 of the 1999 Structure and part 105 of the Administration of Felony Justice Act (ACJA) to imagine the trial of the defendants

The AGF’s workplace on the final adjourned date informed the courtroom that the IGP had been directed to make the case file accessible to his workplace.

Nonetheless, at as we speak’s proceedings, neither the AGF nor David Kwase and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Simon Lough who was prosecuting the trial for the Inspector Common of Police had been in courtroom, regardless of being served with listening to discover.

In the meantime, Justice Nyako has ordered {that a} recent listening to discover for the April thirtieth arraignment of the 4 defendants be served on the AGF.

Iheme, 52 years of Amagwu Amanze Obowo native authorities space of Imo and Madukwe, 42 years of Ndi-Uche Etiti Onuimo native authorities space additionally of Imo State, had been mentioned to have killed the standard ruler on December 17, 2022.

The defendants had been accused of killing the monarch whereas coming from the Federal Medical Heart, Umuahia, after kidnapping and accumulating a ransom of N4 million money from his household.

Within the cost marked FHC/ABJ/CR/575/2024, Iheme and Madukwe alongside others mentioned to be at giant had been mentioned to have conspired to commit felony to wit, acts of terrorism opposite to part 26 of the Terrorism Prevention and Prohibition Act 2022.

They had been additionally mentioned to have armed themselves with weapons and offensive weapons, attacked, kidnapped and killed the monarch on December 17, 2022.

The IGP additionally accused them of failing to volunteer data at their disposal to safety companies which may have led to apprehension of different kidnappers opposite to part 16 of the identical Terrorism Act.

A part of the cost learn “That you just Nwokorie Chidiebere Ejike, 45 years in the past and Victor Nwajuiba Obumneke, 39 years all of Ehume in Obowo LGA of Imo State between June to August 2023 at Zone 9 Police Headquarters at Umuahia and Particular Tactical Squad, Abuja in the course of the police investigation of the offence of kidnapping and terrorism of the Royal Eze, Basil Njoku conspired and introduced false accusations with intent to trigger Nwigwe Emeka Williams to be charged with kidnapping and terrorism of Eze Basil Njoku, you thereby dedicated an offence opposite to part 125 of the Felony Code Act.

“That you just Nwokorie Chidiebere Ejike, 45 years and Victor Nwajuiba Obumneke, 39 years all of Ehume in Obowo LGA of Imo State between June to August 2023 at Zone 9 Police Headquarters at Umuahia and Particular Tactical Squad, Abuja with intent to mislead the police investigators within the case of kidnap and terrorism of Eze Basil Njoku, you gave false data to the investigators {that a} drunk man knowledgeable you that Nwigwe Emeka Williams is answerable for the kidnap and terrorism of Eze Basil Njoku Realizing or having purpose to know that data you gave to police investigators is fake and also you thereby dedicated an offence opposite to part 125 of the Felony Code Act 2004.

“That you just Nwokorie Chidiebere Ejike, 45 years in the past and Victor Nwajuiba Obumneke, 39 years all of Ehume in Obowo LGA of Imo State between June to August 2023 at Zone 9 Police Headquarters at Umuahia and Particular Tactical Squad, Abuja in the course of the police investigation of the offence of kidnapping and terrorism of the Royal Eze, Basil Njoku conspired and introduced false accusations with intent to trigger Nwigwe Emeka Williams to be charged with kidnapping and terrorism of Eze Basil Njoku, you thereby dedicated an offence opposite to part 125 of the Felony Code Act.

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