TWO suspected kidnappers of a female Chief Magistrate in Effurun, Delta State, and three others accused of abducting the younger brother of Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Victor Ochei, have been arraigned in court.
Standing trial for the alleged kidnap of the Speaker’s younger brother were Igane Enekorogha, 33; Godwin Sibede, 32; and Job Burutu, 43.
They all pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge and were ordered by the trial judge, Justice Cletus Emifoniye, of High Court 6, to be remanded in prison custody till November 22 for hearing.
The prosecution stated: “That you, Igane Enekorogha, male, Godwin Sibede, male and Job Burutu, male on March 27, 2012, at Asaba, within the Asaba judicial division, conspired to commit a felony to wit, kidnapping, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code Cap C. 21 Vol. 1 Laws of Delta State, 2006, and kidnapping, punishable under section 364 of the Code.”
They were also accused of unlawful imprisonment of their victim, Donald Tobechukwu Ochei, demanding with menace, the sum of N300 million as ransom from Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, and armed robbery.
Alleged kidnap of Chief Magistrate
Similarly, two other accused persons, Saidu Haruna and Raphael Ewugba, were also facing trial before Justice Cletus Emifoniye of an Asaba High Court for allegedly kidnapping a Delta magistrate, Onoriode Ynonne Asheshe, female, on December 26, 2011, at Effurun.
They were brought to court for continuation of cross examination of prosecution witness (PW1) which was stalled due to an application by the defence counsel, Mr. C. O. Egwenu, requesting prosecution, led by the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, Mr. Eyefengiren Edema, to furnish him with some relevant documents which the prosecution opposed.
The defence counsel argued that the application was irrelevant, citing relevant section of the new Evidence Act to buttress his argument.