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General News of Thursday, 23 September 2021


Murder Case: Court threatens to drag prosecution witness before IG

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A Delta State High Court sitting in Asaba yesterday threatened to report a prosecution witness in a murder case to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Alkali Baba Usman if the witness failed to show up on the next adjourned date.

The Prosecution Witness (PW5) in the suit before High Court ‘4’, one Anietie Eyoh, was at the court to give evidence but proceedings were stalled as a result of the absence of the counsel to the second defendant.

In the suit, Commissioner of Police vs Lucky Eghaghara and six others, the accused persons are facing a four-count charge bothering on murder and cultism.

Other accused persons include Nelson Okuse, Edesiri Arumona, Ejime Arumona, Christian Ogheneovo July, Chinaza Nnaebuo and Ekene Paul.

When the case was called at the resumed hearing, the court asked counsels present to pick another date since counsel to the second defendant was absent.

The PW5 informed prosecution counsel that he was now serving in Lafia as the head of the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the Nasarawa State Police Command; hence he might not be available on the next adjourned date due to official commitment.

The court, which was presided over by F.N. Azinge, frowned at it and warned that the witness must appear, failing which he would be reported to the IGP.

The court thereafter adjourned the case at the instance of the second defendant to November 2, 2021, at 11 a.m.

In an interview with the Prosecution Counsel, Ms Juliet Akpomiemien said that the state has a very good case against the defendants, adding that the evidence of PW5 was very crucial.

Akpomiemien lamented that the case has suffered several adjournments and urged the prosecution witness to make himself available at the next adjourned date in order for the prosecution to close its case and the defendants to open their case.

“PW5 has been transferred out of Delta to Nasarawa. He serves now in Lafia. He has come severally; I know what it took me financially to bring him here today.

“The court is saying that if he does not come on the next adjourned date, they will report him to the I-G, but I have pleaded with him to be here.

“I will still plead with the authorities in Nasarawa (State) to release him so that we can conclude our case for the defendants to open their defence. I know that with the thorough investigation the police did in this matter, the case is good to go.”

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