Friday, December 21, 2012

Uniport Aluu killings: Three more suspects appear in court


PORT HARCOURT— THREE more suspects were arraigned, yesterday, before a Port Harcourt Magistrate Court, Rivers State, for the October 5, killing of four students of University of Port Harcourt, in Omuokiri–.
Their arraignment to 16, persons charged to court for the killing of the students, Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Chiadika Biringa, and Tekenah Elkanah.
The three suspects were under a five-count charge of to kill the four students. Those arraigned were Finebone Jeffrey, 23; Joshua Ekpe, 27 and Abang Cyril, 27. Their pleas were not taken.
Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Woke, in a short ruling, said his court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the case and adjourned the matter till February 28, 2013.

The other 13 suspects were to the court premises but did enter the court room.
Meantime, the Human Rights Council of Nigerian Bar , NBA, Port Harcourt branch, has applied for the case file of the suspects. Chairman of the branch, Mr. Austin Ojeukeudo, told newsmen at the court, that the wants to ensure that there was no miscarriage of justice in the trial, adding that the body would monitor the trial to the end.
The charges preferred against the suspects, read “you and others at large on October 5, 2012, at Omuokiri, Aluu community in the Port Harcourt Magisterial District, did conspire amongst yourselves to felony to wit: murder and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 324 of the Code Cap 37 laws of Rivers State, 1999.”
SOURCE: Vanguard Nigeria

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