Monarch’s absence stalls arraignment of suspected killers of Adjogbe

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The absence of His Royal Majesty Oghenekevwe Kumane, Ovie of Evwreni Kingdom in Ughelli North council area of Delta State, on Thursday stalled the arraignment of suspected murderers of Sylvester Adjogbe at the Federal High Court, Warri.

Recall that the late Adjogbe was gruesomely murdered at his family compound during the crisis that rocked Evwreni community in July 2020.

The deceased 34-year old was the younger brother of former Executive Director, Projects of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Sam Adjogbe.

The communal conflict was allegedly as a result of criminal activities being perpetuated by the community’s vigilante group with the backing of the monarch.

The Monarch, who is the first defendant, alongside two others, Atiri Stephen and Kelli Omojugheri, were to be arraigned on Wednesday, February 17 at the Federal High Court, Warri.

The case is between the Inspector General of Police and the suspects, but the traditional ruler failed to appear before the court without giving reasons.

The Court presided by Justice Emeka Nwite held that since the 1st defendant was absent in court without reasons, against the promise he made to the Police, a plea cannot be taken and as such, the matter was adjourned to March 15, 2021.

While the police prosecutors, DSP Irabor, Samuel Mallum and Michael Uye announced their presence when the matter was called, S. B. Olorogun (Esq.) appeared for the defendants.

Omas Ogedegbe (Esq.) appeared for the nominal complainant.

Meanwhile, the police counsel applied that the 2nd and 3rd defendants be remanded at the Nigeria Correctional Center, Sapele, till March 15, when the three suspects will be arraigned.

While the police prosecutors, DSP Irabor, Samuel Mallum and Michael Uye announced their presence when the matter was called, S. B. Olorogun (Esq.) appeared for the defendants.

Omas Ogedegbe (Esq.) appeared for the nominal complainant.

Meanwhile, the police counsel applied that the 2nd and 3rd defendants be remanded at the Nigeria Correctional Center, Sapele, till March 15, when the three suspects will be arraigned.

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