The Rivers police command on Wednesday arraigned 13 suspects before a Port Harcourt Magistrates’ Court charged with conspiracy and murder of four students of the University of Port Harcourt.
The suspects were arraigned on a five-count charge of murder, felony, conspiracy, lynching, and burning.
Prosecuting police Adiari Idafi told the court, presided over by Magistrate Emma Woke, that the accused on Oct. 5, allegedly murdered Chiadika Lordson, Ugonna Kelechi Obusor, Mike Lloyd Toku and Tekena Elkanah.
Idafi named the accused as Hassan Welewa, 59 (Male), Lawal Segun, 28 (Male), Lucky Orji, 43 (Male), Cynthia Chinwo, 24 (Female), Ekpe Daniel, 30 (Male).
Others are George Nwadei, 20 (Male), Gabriel Oche, 33 (Male) Ozioma Abajuo, 23 (Male), Chigozie Evans Samuel, 22 (Male), Endurance Edet, 27 (Male), and Endurance Okoghiroh, 24 (Male).
Also arraigned were David Chinasa Ugbaje, 30 (Male) and Ikechukwu Louis Amadi, alias Kapoon, 32 (Male).
Idafi stated that the offence was punishable under Section 324 of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Laws of River State, Nigeria, 1999, and Section 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol. III laws of Rivers State, Nigeria, 1999.
The accused were asked by the court if they understood the charges and they consented, but no pleas were taken.
The magistrate ordered that the accused be remained in police custody for further investigation, and adjourned the case till Dec. 20, for further hearing. (NAN)