By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City.
Hearing in the case of the State vrs Iyasere of Warri, Chief Johnson Atselege and 8 others in the alleged brutal murder of the Okaighele of Kolokolo Community, in Ologbo Dukedom , Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, Edo State, Nigeria , Mr Sunny Etchie, has been adjourned to 4th of October 2021.
At the turn of the 8th accussed person’s counsel , Ighodalo Imandegbelo’s turn to cross examine the PW1 , the Trial Judge, Honourable Justice Mary Ituseli informed the court that her lordship have a meeting to attend, and she asked Ighodalo Imandegbelo’ whether he is about rounding up his cross examination.
In respond, he said, ,” I have not started ,I am just starting ,I have so much questions to ask him.”
Chief Johnson Atselege and 8 Others are currently being arraigned for alleged conspiracy, kidnapping and murder of Mr. Sunny Etchie, the Okaighele of Kolokolo Community in Ologbo Dukedom, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area, Edo State.
All the 9 accused persons including, The Iyatsere of Warri ,Chief Johnson Ataelege , Felicia Otikpere, female – 55; Oluwa Esimije – 38; Monday Iluwa – 58; Ayokotse Robinson – 54; Nosa Omoregie – 54; Mofe Samuel – 40; Magnanimous Omawumi – 40; Ayuwa Mofe – 65, Amerete Ejiro – 25, Onyeburutan Jeffrey – 25 and Benjamin Erewa – 39 were in Court
The Defendants’ offence contravened Sections 516, 327 and 316 (1) punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Act , Cap C38, Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section 2 (2) punishable under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Prohibition (Amendment) Law, 2013 of Edo State.