The ongoing trial of the alleged killers of four students of University of Port Harcourt, Choba, on October 5, 2012, which happened in Aluu community near the institution, suffered a setback yesterday after the High Court Judge, Justice T. S. Oji, withdrew from the case.
Her decision to return the case file to the chief judge was sequel to the observation she made that the third accused person, Ikechukwu Louis Amadi, out of the 11 accused persons, did not have a lawyer to defend him.
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mr. I. Otorubio, who led the state’s team for prosecution announced their appearance in the matter but no legal representation for the accused. The judge who was not happy with the development said she would rather return the case to the chief judge than try it because she would not take side in the matter.
“It is safer to send the matter back to the chief judge for re-assignment than favour any party in this matter,” she said. The trial judge said her hands were tied in the case because she had close relationship with the two parties (accused persons and victims) in the matter. The victims are Ugonna Obuzor, Lloyd Toku Mike, Tekenah Elkanah and Chiadika Biringa.
The accused were Lawal Segun, Ex-Sergeant Lucky Orji, Ikechukwu Louis Amadi, David Chinasa Ogbada, Abiodun Yusuf, Joshua Ekpe, Abang Cyril, Alhaji Hassan Welewa, Okoghiroh Endurance, Ozioma Abajuo and Chigozie Evans Samuel. “The accused persons, I know them.Continue reading