Absence of Magistrate stalls re-arraignment of Murder suspects

Absence of Magistrate stalls re-arraignment of Murder suspects

Alphonssus Nweze

The absence of the presiding Chief Magistrate Court, of Onitsha, Anambra State, S. N. Emejulu, last Tuesday, July 27, 2020, stalled the re-arraignment of two murder suspects, Afamefuna Obiekezie and Tochukwu Emmanuel.

The Court had directed that the matter which had earlier been brought to it be returned to the Police following contradictions from the Police.

The Anambra State Police Command was prosecuting the matter when surprisingly the defence counsel, E..C. Ezemenari, tendered a letter said to have been written by the Commissioner of Police, Legal Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Saturday Assayomo, that the case against the two murder suspects should be withdrawn.

The prosecution counsel Akwali Edmund, opposed it, arguing that it is strange to ask that a murder case be withdrawn.

He said that if the case must be withdrawn it must be through him, the prosecutor.
Akwali equally promised to bring a counter letter which will supersede that of CP Assayomo on the next adjourned date.

But Akwali was absent on the next adjourned date , leading the Magistrate to return the matter to the Police and asked them to come back when they have put their house in order.

It was gathered that the Inspector- General of Police (IG) has given express order for the prosecution of the matter but it could not commence because of the absence of Emejulu last Tuesday.

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