Friday, October 18, 2013

Aluu 4: Court grants Bail to four suspects including Traditional Ruler - Dog used to torture Victims

Naija Giszt - A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has granted bail to 4 out of the 12carlous  suspects involved in the merciless murder of four handsome undergraduate students of the University of Port Harcourt last year at Omuokiri community in Aluu, Rivers State.
The four persons are accused of negligence and they include the traditional ruler of Omuokiri, Alhaji Hassan Walewa, Okoghiro Endurance, Ozioma Abajua and Chigozie Evans.

Presiding judge, justice Letam Nyordee said he granted the bail considering the nature of their offence and also on health grounds as it concerned the traditional leader.
Justice Nyordee also made reference to section 118 of the Criminal Law of Rivers State 1998 that gives the court liberty to grant bail at its discretion.
He, therefore, granted them bail with the sum of N2 million, with the conditions that the accused persons must provide of 2 sureties that must own landed properties in Port Harcourt, must provide tax payment certificates for the past 2 years.
Meanwhile, after granting bail to four out of the twelve accused persons, Justice Nyordee started proper hearing on the matter with Deputy Superintendent of Police, Raphael Ezeji standing as witness.
Ezeji, who belongs to the Rivers State CID presented the court with documents, photographs and video evidences of the crime.
Counsels to the 3rd and 7th accused persons, Emmanuel John and O.C Mbaba objected to the evidences, questioning their authenticity and relevance.
However, in the course of tendering the evidences, Solicitor General of Rivers State and the Chief Prosecutor, Rufus Godwins maintained that the materials submitted as evidence were relevant and admissible.
Dailypost reports that tears flowed freely as the video of the incident was showed in the court.
In the meantime, the court adjourned further ruling and hearing on the matter till October 31.

Aluu 4: Dog was used to torture victims – Policeman

PORT HARCOURT — A police officer, Mr. Raphael Ezechi, told a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, at the resumed hearing in the killings of four University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, students in October 2012 in Omuokiri, Aluu community, that a dog was used to torture the students before they were set on fire.
Mr. Ezechi of the State Criminal Investigative Department and a Deputy Superintendent of Police, led in evidence by the Solicitor-General of Rivers, Mr. Rufus Godwins, narrated that “a team of policemen from Isiokpo Division was dispatched to the scene of the incident to rescue the students but due to the distance, the students were set ablaze before the arrival of the police.”
Suspects in the murder of The UNIPORT FOUR at the Rivers State High Court,Port Harcourt, yesterday. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke
The witness, said he took photographs of the deceased and a dog, said to have been used to torture the students, adding that information was also gathered from the Internet which were recorded.
The defence counsel, however, objected to the prosecution’s move to tender the photo evidence as exhibits, contending that the police officer was not the maker of the said documents.
The defence argued that no proper foundation had been laid for the admissibility of the photographs, urging the court to reject same.
Responding, Mr. Godwins, the prosecution counsel said that the foundation was laid from records of proceedings by the court and urged the dismissal of the objection, which he described as misconceived by the defence.What do you think about this?