April 19, 2024

Court Adjourns Murder Case Against Austin Olokor, 2 Ors. To 29th Nov. 2021

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By Simeon OSAJIE

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A case involving Austin Olokor, 2 Others, (Oluwa Esimije and Sunday Amamapoki) in the alleged murder of Okhuoimose Omorodion and Genesis Orji who were killed in Ologbo Community in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State on the 4th and 6th of March 2020 has been adjourned to 29th November, 2021 for continuation.

The matter which was slated for continuation of trial and hearing today 1st November, 2021 could not hold due to the absent of the 3rd accused person, Sunday Amamapoki.

The State Counsel, Barrister Osasu Ewemade informed Court the absent of the 3rd accused person, Sunday Amamapoki.

According to her, “the accused person is being remanded in Benin Prison and could not ascertain why the accused person was not produced in Court by prison staff.

The other 2 Accused Persons, (Austin Olokor who is on bail and Oluwa Esimije, is on remand in Oko Prison) were present in Court.

The 3 accused persons were charged with 5 Count Charges of alleged gruesome murder of Okuomose Omorodion and Genesis Orji in Ologbo dukedom in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.

The Defendants’ offence contravened Sections 516, 327 and 316 (1) punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C38, Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section 2 (2) punishable under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Prohibition (Amendment) Law, 2013 of Edo State.

Speaking with The9jaTREND, the counsel to Ologbo dukedom, Barrister Mathew Edaghese, said, the Prison Authority could not produce the 3rd Accused Person with reason best known to them.

“As you know, trial could not continue without the full compliment of all the defendants who are involved.

“Based on this development, the Court was forced to adjourn for continuation of hearing for a more convenient date when all the defendants will be available in court.”

His Lordship, Honourable Justice Ifijie then adjourned the case to 29th of November, 2021 for continuation of hearing.

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