3 police officers sentenced to life in Anambra over death of suspect


By Our correspondent

Anambra State High Court sitting in Onitsha has sentenced three police officers to life imprisonment for killing a suspect.

The deceased ,Chukwunonso Uchenwoke, aged 42, said to be a family man, hailed from Mbosi in the Ihiala Local Goverent Area of the state.

Uchenwoke was reportedly killed while the police officers were effecting his arrest over alleged assault and malicious damage.

The officers alleged committed the offence on 14th May 2016 at No 13 Ibe Street, East Niger Layout, Okpoko, Ogbaru Council Area, in the Onitsha Judicial Division.

As a consequence, the cops: Juliet Ekwueme, Ugochukwu Obiakor and Raphael Chike, were dismissed from the Nigerian Police Force.

Delivering judgement on the matter on Wednesday, the court presided over by Honourable Justice A.O. Okuma held that the prosecution counsel proved his case beyond reasonable doubt, and therefore found the accused persons guilty of conspiracy and murder charges preferred against them.

Their offences were said to be contrary to Sections 495(a) and 274(I) of the Criminal Code Cap 36 Volume II, Revised Laws of Anambra State of Nigeria 1991 as amended.

The three were all convicted and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for conspiracy, and life imprisonment for manslaughter.

TRULAW CHAMBERS, through her Principal Counsel, C.J. Okeke Esq., prosecuted the case with the Fiat of the Anambra State Attorney General.

Reacting to the judgement, the Prosecutor, Okeke, described it as yet another victory for TRULAW CHAMBERS, and a succinct reminder that justice is still tenable with the right legal representatives.

While Counsel to the first defendant, G.A Oluwatuase, said he would appeal the judgement , Counsel to the second defendant, C.E Ezenwa Esqr., and that of the third defendant, C.J Agbata, said they would need a copy of the judgement to determine next line of action.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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