Judge discontinues hearing abduction case

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Apr 1st, 2014
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An Onitsha High Court in Anambra on Tuesday discontinued hearing an abduction case between the state and three suspects involving the kidnapping of a leading transporter, Chief Godwin Okeke.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Chudi Nwankwo, said that he took the decision, due to what he described as unnecessary plan by counsel to the accused to frustrate his resolve for quick dispensation of justice.

“Justice delayed is justice denied. It is like counsel is trying to frustrate this matter,’’ he said.

Earlier, Nwankwo had ordered the display of various arms and ammunition recovered from the suspects.

The arms and ammunition tendered include: five AK 47 rifles; two GPMG rifles; one rocket launcher, five rocket propellers; three rockets; 5830 AK 47 ammunition and 1,135 rounds of GPMG rifle ammunition.

Others are 124 empty AK 47 magazines; one K2 rifle; two K2 empty magazines and one K2 round loaded magazine.

However, disagreement ensued when counsel to the first and second accused persons, Mr Okechukwu Odum and Mr David Nwafor, told the court that weapons tendered as evidence should not be admitted in evidence by the court as they were not relevant to the charges against their clients.

Countering the submission, Mr Chris Ajugwe, the State Prosecutor, told the court that the weapons were tendered in the course of investigation.

Ajugwe said that the third defendant admitted that the weapons tendered were used in kidnapping Okeke.

“The delay in hearing the matter is purposely to frustrate the case,’’ he said.

As counsel continued to argue after a stretch of time that the demand to tender, document and admit the weapons was irrelevant; Nwankwo ordered that the case be sent to the Onitsha administrative judge.

“With your ploy to frustrate me, I hereby send this case out of my court,’’ Nwankwo said, as he referred the case to the Onitsha Administration Judge for re-assignment to another court.

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