10 in court for attempted murder in Ebonyi

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The Ebonyi State Police Command has arraigned a 55-year-old man, Ugbala Ogbonnaya, and nine others for the attempted murder of a middle-aged man, Mr Nwenyim Oroke.

The suspects were arraigned last Friday before an Abakaliki Magistrates’ Court on two counts of conspiracy and attempted murder of Oroke.

The police prosecutor, Mr Bassy Okon, told the court that Ogbonnaya and the other nine accused persons committed the offences at Ndieke Ndiagu village, Amagu community, in the Ikwo Local Government Area of the state on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

According to him, the offences are punishable under sections 516A (a) and 320 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33 Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.

The charges read, “That you, Ugbala Ogbonnaya, Igboji Ogbonnaya, Nwede Augustine, Ernest Nwoba, Igboji Chukwuemeka, Igwe Ifeanyi, Ukwa Chibueze, Nwanchor Wisdom and others now at large, on August 11, 2019, at Ndieke Ndiagu Amagu Ikwo, in the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit; attempt to murder, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 516A (a) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33 Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.

“That you, Ugbala Ogbonnaya, Igboji Ogbonnaya, Nwede Augustine, Ernest Nwoba, Igboji Chukwuemeka, Igwe Ifeanyi, Ukwa Chibueze, Nwanchor Wisdom and others now at large, on the same date and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did attempt to murder on Nwenyim Oroke by giving him machete cut on his forehead, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 320 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33 Vol. 1 Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”

After reading the charges to the accused persons, the defence counsel, Mr Nteshi Ogbee, asked the court to strike out the case for lack of jurisdiction and grant his clients bail.

But the police prosecutor urged the court not to grant bail to the accused persons as they allegedly committed capital offences punishable by life imprisonment.

In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Blessing Chukwu ordered that the suspects be remanded in prison custody pending when their case file would be reassigned to enable them to take their plea.

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