Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Strange substances suspected to be Juju were on Monday found tied around sticks with black and red tread at High Court 4 Umueze, Asaba premises,venue of the trial of suspects in the alleged murder of Miss Elozino Ogege, DELSU 300 level Mass Communication Student
Though the substances orchestrated a mild drama with crowd of people who thronged to the scene to catch a glimpse of what it were, but the Court workers immediately swung into action to evacuate the substance after collective prayers to dounced the tension and set them ablaze with kerosene substance before moving into the Court hall and their duty posts.
Investigation however revealed that the substances may have been sponsored by the suspects’ relatives who are allegedly desperate to ensure the case did not see the light of the day as well as possibly work in their favour even in the face of sympathizers discussing the unfolded drama in hush hush tones, especially what they alleged to be move to pervert Justice in the matter. But those who spoke to Journalists on condition of anonymity described the situation as pathetic, adding that no matter the Juju scare, Justice will prevail
Meanwhile, in continuation of the proceedings on the trail, the state counsel, presented the sixth witness as he was cross examined by the counsels to defendants.
The witness, Dr Francis Nwachokor a medical pathologist, urged the court to admit his written deposition as his evidence in Chief but while being cross examined by the defence conusel on the allegation that he was not qualified to carry out a post mortem, since he is not a staff of government hospital, he asserted that he was not sure of the corpse he performed the autopsy because he is not a staff of the Central Hospital,Warri , maintaining that the corpse was properly identified by the deceased’s relations.
On their part, the state counsel presented that the Ist ,2nd and 3rd defendants were yet to file their written deposition to which the defence conusel promised to do the needful before the next adjournment date and also notified the court that the Investigating Police Officer ( IPO) who is the 7th witness, but was absent in court, would appear at the next sitting.
After Consultations among the state and defence conusels, the Court adjourned till January 29, 2020 for continuation of the trail
Before the Commencement of the court proceedings, Policemen attached to the convoy of the Commissioner of Police, Delta state, and their counterpart at the” A” Division Police station Asaba clashed with the lawyers who were attending the proceedings at the Court Premises as the situation disrupted the trail of the suspects’arriagned over the alleged murder of a 300 level Mass Communication Student of the Delta state University (DELSU) Abraka, Elozino Ogege for money rituals. It was gathered that the Police boss was on his way to honour a scheduled appointment with the Asagba of Asaba, Obi Chike Edozien when the policemen on approaching the court moved to remove the barricade before the Court.But the Presiding Judge, Justice F N Azinge who was visibily disturbed from her sitting position, alerted the Court and the Lawyers moved out to confront the Policemen,a situation that disrupted the Court proceedings, thereby forcing the Judge to adjourn abruptly. In the ensuing verbal cross fire, the Policemen reportedly led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of” A” Division, Asaba, Oluwoye Ojo , overpowered the Lawyers and removed the barricade, creating an exit for the Commissioner’s convoy, unfortunately as the Court reconvened to resume sitting,an advance team of the Commissioner’s convoy returned, and this time around,met a stiff resistance from the Lawyers, forcing them to divert to another route after a female mobile Police Officer simply Identified as Sgt Galadima had allegedly assulted one of the Lawyers for attempting to take a shot of the scene
However, Justice Azinge who was visibily disturbed by the action of the Police, reportedly invited the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association ( NBA) Asaba Branch, Barr Fredrick Eruli Ede to her Chambers where the matter was resolved for peaceful co-existence
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