Court sets date for commencement of trial over Aniocha north killings

Court sets date for commencement of trial over Aniocha north killings

- A court in Abuja has fixed a date for the trial of seven people accused of killing a resident of Idumuje-Ugboko community of Aniocha north

- The date fixed by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja is Wednesday, October 21

- According to the charges, the suspects were accused of unleashing terror on members of the community in May 2017

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed a date for the commencement of the trial of seven persons alleged to have been involved in the killing of an indigene of Idumuje-Ugboko community of Aniocha north local government area of Delta state in May 2017.

The court following the filing of charges against the accused - Nwochie Agiliga Light, Aikhomo Omezi, Okey Ifejoku, Godwin Akaba Aniemeke, Nonso Omefe, Dennis Nwoko and Emeka Bidoku - fixed the trial date for Wednesday, October 21.

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In the suit with charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/11/19, the accused persons were alleged to have connived with others, now at large within and outside ldumuje-Ugboko community, to unleash terror by looting properties and burning houses.

They were also accused of unlawfully attacking members of the community and killing of an innocent Nigerian which constitute to acts of terrorism.

The date for the trial had been initially fixed for October 8, but could not take place due to the absence of the judge, Justice Okon Abang.

The Federal High court later communicated a new date to parties involved in the matter.

In the document attached to the charge, 14 witnesses are expected to give evidence during the trial.

Court sets date for commencement of trial over Aniocha north killings
A previous date set for the trial in the court was postponed due to the judge's absence. Photo credit: Federal High Court website
Source: UGC

A three count charge filed by one Shuaibu Labaran, an assistant chief state counsel reads that the accused committed an offence punishable under section 17 of the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act 2013.

Meanwhile, had previously reported that a woman, Rashida Saidu, was sentenced to death for killing her 56-year-old husband, Adamu Ali.

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Rashida sentence was handed to her by a Kano state High Court after she was found guilty of the crimes.

The prosecuting counsel in the charges had informed the court that Rashida killed her husband at their residence in Dorayi Quarters when she pushed him from a one-story building during a disagreement.

In other news, a court sitting in Kaduna has ordered the release of three suspected arrested over the killing of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile.

The magistrate court ordered the release of the suspects after the prosecution informed the judge that police investigation did not find them wanting.

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