A Magistrates’ Court in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on Friday discharged a minor charged with alleged murder and cultism.
The Police charged the minor alongside Emmanuel Amaech 25; Obioma Jame, 24; Uchechukwu Daniel, 22; Kelechi Ogbonna, 18; Godswill Nwite, 49; Felix Maduabuchi, 24; Obinna Joseph 22 and Paulinus Oboko, 48 with five counts bordering on murder and cultism.
In her ruling, Magistrate Blessing Chukwu discharged the 16-year-old boy after hearing that he was not a party of the offence.
Chukwu ordered that the eight other defendants should be remanded in police custody. Further, she adjourned the matter until Friday, October 8, 2021 for further hearing.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Inspector Martin Eze told the court that the defendants committed the offence on September 4, 2021; in Umuka, Okposi in Ohaozara local government area of Ebonyi. He said that they committed felony with murder; thereby committing an offence punishable under section 324 of Criminal Code Cap 33, vol. 1 laws of Ebonyi 2009.
The defendants, he said, shot and killed Ejike Hyacinth.
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The Defence Counsel, Mr Emeka Anosike, had earlier prayed for bail for his clients. However, this was opposed by the Prosecuting Counsel and upheld by the court.
In other news, the Kano State Fire Service has confirmed the death of a 17-year-old teenager, Aliyu Zakariya, after drowning in an open water in Kabuga Gwale Local Government Area of the state.
Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, Public Relations Officer of the service, confirmed this in a statement on Friday in Kano.
Further, Abdullahi said that the teenager went to swim when he got drowned.
“We received a distress call at about 10:45a.m. from one Sha’aibu Rabiu-Aliyu and immediately sent our rescue team to the scene at about 11:00a.m,” he said.
However, Abdullahi said that Zakariya was brought out of the water dead. Also, he stated that his corpse had been handed over to his father, Alhaji Zakariya of Dorayi Quarters.
Additionally, the spokesman advised the general public to monitor their children’s movement; especially when they go for swimming in ponds or to other dangerous places.