ALUU4 :Prosecution substitutes charges, as suspect pleads not guity

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PLAINTIFFS in the court case over murder of four
University of Port Harcourt students in Aluu, Rivers State
have withdrawn and presented fresh charges against
suspects on trial over the incident.
A High Court presided over by Justice L.L Nyordee in Port
Harcourt sitting over the matter granted the leave to
substitute the charges following Prosecution’s request
after adding one more suspect to the 11 earlier on trial.
Thursday’s hearing also advanced the trial to the reading
of the reviewed charges to the current 12 suspects who
all pleaded not guilty.
The suspects are being charged with murder and
negligence/refusal to prevent felony.
Counsel to the 9th Defendant and former Chairman of
Nigeria Bar Association, O.C.J. Okocha (SAN) had argued
that the Prosecution, under any law, has no liberty to
withdraw and substitute original charges.
The Prosecution led by Solicitor General of Rivers, Rufus
Godwin, had appealed for the substitution on the
strength of the addition of one more suspect to the case.
Deciding on the argument, Justice Nyordee eventually
granted the leave of substitution of charges.
Justice Nyordee subsequently adjourned the case to
15th August when consideration for bail for the suspects
would be the first issue to be determined in the
continuing case.
Four UNIPORT’s students, Binnga Lordson of Theartre
Arts, Ugonna Obuzor (Geology), Mike Toku (Civil
Engineering) and Tekena Erikene were murdered by an
out of control mob October 5th 2012 in Aluu, Ikwerre LG.

Source : http://www.gistmania.com/talk/topic,163729.0.html

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