Chima/Ikokwu 4: Jubilation as court orders remand of 4 alleged killer police officers (+photos)

Chima/Ikokwu 4: Jubilation as court orders remand of 4 alleged killer police officers (+photos)

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 4:50 pm


Another of the two police officers

Facing seven count charges of murder, conspiracy to murder, torture among others.
All pleaded not guilty to all counts.
“Ikokwu four” expressed disappointment that Commander E-Crack team,SP Benson Adetuyi and Inspector Amadi also fingered in the murder, torture were not arraigned.
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

There  was a wild jubilation on Tuesday around the premises of the judiciary complex in Port Harcourt after a Magistrate Court presided over by Chief  Magistrate Promise Iroanya orders the remand of four dismissed police officers.

The police officers: Ayogu Fidelis, Eke Chibuzor, Egbunefu Felix and Rose Georgewill who served at the E-Crack Squad of the Rivers State Police Command were sent to Port Harcourt Correctional Centre after they pleaded not guilty to seven count charges of murder, conspiracy, attempted murder as well as flogging their victims with woods and matchete preferred against them.

The police officers were also accused of unlawfully causing grievous harm and assault on the following persons: Ifeanyi Oyekwere, Ogbonna Victor, Ifeanyi Osuji and Osaze Friday (popularly known as Ikokwu four).

Dismissed Sergeant Rose Georgewill,(Left) another accused dismissed in handcuffed together.

Also, they were accused of murder of one Chima Ikwunado on the 29 of December 2019.

Chief Magistrate Promise Iroanya after listening to the arguments of the lawyers on the jurisdiction of the Court to entertain the matter  ordered that the case file of the dismissed police officers should be transferred to the Department of Public Prosecution, DPP, for legal advice.

He said the court lacks jurisdiction to hear count 1, 2 and 3 leveled against the officers.

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He adjourned the case to September 18,2020.

In the meantime the  Ikokwu four who were victims of the torture by the  dismissed Policemen are demanding the inclusion of the Commander of the E-Crack Squad, SP Benson Adetuyi, and one Inspector Amadi.

One Lawrence who held brief for Ikokwu four expressed disappointment that the two of the officers involved in the infliction of grievous injury on them were not among those arraigned.

There was also a mild drama outside the court premises as one of the victims whose right hand has been disfigured rained curses to anyone who wants to pervert Justice by ensuring that the Commander, SP Benson Adetuyi who signed their detention and  Inspector Amadi who was among their torturers do not face Justice.

One of the surviving Ikokwu Four complaining that Commander SP Benson Adetuyi and Inspector Amadi were not arraigned

On his part, David Abouw,  lawyer to the first and fourth defendants expressed regrets that his clients have suffered persecution in the hands of the media.

Also,  Livingstone Weike, Lawyer to the third defendant said he hopes the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, will release the legal advice early to enable the trial start quickly.

The Rivers State Police Command had on Monday issued a statement informing the public that the  policemen from the Eagle Crack Squad who allegedly tortured late Chima Ikwunado to death  and inflicted grievous injury on the Ikokwu four have been dismissed from the force.

Their dismissal followed the recommendations  and reports of the orderly room trial and CID of the River State command.

Spokesman of the Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni in the statement added that the dismissed policemen will be charged for conspiracy and murder among other charges.

DSP Omoni said with the dismissal and  subsequent arraignment has shown that the  Command under the leadership of CP Joseph Mukan has zero tolerance for abuse of human rights and torture of any kind.

He also appealed to the public to have confidence on the Police and continue to partner the force by providing useful information and constructive criticisms.

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