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Nigeria: 5 to Die By Hanging for Homicide of Rivers Vigilante Chief

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A Rivers State Excessive Court docket sitting in Port Harcourt has convicted and sentenced 5 individuals to dying by hanging or by deadly injection till they’re confirmed lifeless.

This verdict got here following the involvement of the 5 convicts within the homicide of the OSPAC Commander of Omudioga Neighborhood in Emohua Native Authorities Space of the state, Umezuruike Alex.

The sufferer, late Umezuruike Alex, was killed, beheaded, and different components of his physique dismembered by cultists in 2021 for preventing in opposition to legal actions within the space.

Nonetheless, the police had commenced an investigation into the killing and arrested six individuals in reference to the crime. Upon the arrest, police commenced their prosecution.

The convicts, Okechukwu Orji from Atali Neighborhood, Obio/Akpor LGA, Igwe Promise, Iheanyi Igwe, Morrison Igwe from Omudioga in Emohua LGA, and Goodness Monday from Akwa Ibom, had been discovered responsible on the ten counts of conspiracy, cultism, homicide, and unlawful possession of firearms most well-liked in opposition to them by the police.

The trial choose, Justice Sika Aprioku, in his judgment, nonetheless, discharged and acquitted the sixth defendant within the go well with, Alex Deiwe.

Justice Aprioku dominated that the prosecution counsel, Essein Edet, proved his case in opposition to the 5 on conspiracy, cultism, unlawful possession of firearms, and homicide.

He due to this fact convicted and sentenced them by hanging or by administering a deadly injection till they’re confirmed lifeless.

The court docket additional held that the convicts didn’t solely homicide the Omudioga OSPAC commander, however that they had been additionally concerned in kidnapping and different legal actions in components of the state earlier than their arrest and prosecution.


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