Court remands Prince Afam Ude in Prison for Conspiracy of felony,  Murder

Court remands Prince Afam Ude in Prison for Conspiracy of felony,  Murder
By Larry Onwuta
Magistrate Court in Enugu has remanded prince Afam in prison custody over the alleged conspiracy of felony and murder of late Barrister Ejimofor Ozongwu at Ngwo Enugu State.
The suspect who was arraigned by the Nigeria police and charged for conspiracy of felony and murder Barrister Nzongwu who was murdered in a cold blood at his farmland on 23rd December, 2015.
The charge reads, “That you Prince Afam Ude ” m” 10 others standing criminal trial in charge No E/56c/2016 and others now at large on December 23, 2015 at about 15.55 hours at Okwojo village Ngwo, Enugu in UDI Magistrate District holding in Enugu did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: murder and hereby committed an offense punishable under section 494 of the criminal code Cap 30  Vol. II Laws of Enugu State Nigeria 2004.
“That you That you Prince Afam Ude ” m” 10 others standing criminal trial in charge No E/56c/2016 and others now at large on December 23, 2015 at about 15.55 hours at Okwojo village Ngwo, Enugu in Udi Magistrate District holding in Enugu did unlawfully killed one Barrister Ejimofor Theophilous Ozongwu “m” and thereby committed an offense under section 274 (1) of the criminal code Cap 30  Vol. II Laws of Enugu State Nigeria.
Prince Afam Ude was in the dock when his defense counsel, C. I Enechere urged the court to stand out the case to enable him go through the case file to ascertain if the defendant is entitled to the offence charged before him, he stated.
But the prosecution counsel, Mr Emma Ajiogwu and G.S.K Eriaka who appeared for the petitioner argued that the case must continue stating that delay of the case will not be for the interest of the court and the petitioner.
The Chief Magistrate, Denise K. Ekoh rejected the prayers of the defense counsel C I Enechere who prayed for the court to stand out the case to enable him go through the case file to ascertain whether the defendant is entitled to the offences charged before him.
In his ruling after hearing both prosecution and defense counsels submissions ruled that accused person “Prince Afam be remanded in prison custody  and ordered the transfer of the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for his advice.
However, when the charge  No CME/451c/2019 was mentioned, the accused person did not take plea as the Magistrate declined jurisdiction to try the case.
It was gathered that the suspect Prince Ude, son of the Traditional Ruler of Okwojo-Ngwo Asaa Autonomous Community, Rt. Col. C. C. Ude, was said to have been on the run with other members of the community since December 2015 after their gruesome murder of Late Ozongwu who was the Executive Secretary for the actualization of Adada State.
However luck ran out of suspect on Tuesday when a crack team of policemen that have been trailing him since 2015 arrested him in his hideout in Abuja.
The younger brother of the deceased, Chief Eric Ozongwu, who spoke to The Punch shortly after the court rose, expressed gratitude to the Nigerian Police Force especially the Enugu unit of the Special Anti Robbery Squad  (SARS) for their relentless effort since 2015 to arrest Prince Ude after three years and seven months after his brother was gruesomely murdered.
He said the arrest of Prince Ude has brought the number of persons police had arrested in connection of the killing of his brother to 10 while four others have fled outside the country with the help of Prince Ude.
According to him “we confirmed that two persons ran to South Africa, one ran to Ghana while another one ran to China
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