Court bars police from arresting APGA’s Odoh, orders thorough investigation into murder of Ebonyi monarch
The Chief Decide of Ebonyi State, Justice Elvis Ngene on Friday ordered the Nigeria Police Power, particularly the state Commissioner of Police, Faleye Olaleye to hold out an intensive and unbiased investigation on the homicide of a standard Ruler, HRH, Ezeogo Christopher Igboke Ewa.
Justice Ngene, nevertheless, issued and order restraining the inspector basic Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, Olaleye and different safety businesses within the state from arresting or harassing the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Prof Benard Odoh.
Recall that Odoh, who’s standing for election within the forthcoming governorship ballot, was declared ‘wished’ by the police in reference to alleged homicide of Monarch, Ewa.
DAILY POST experiences that one of many sons of the slain monarch, Prince Igboke Collins Emeka dragged the previous Secretary to the State Authorities, SSG, Prof. Odoh and 9 others, who had been allegedly fingered within the homicide, to a state Excessive Court docket 1, sitting in Abakaliki capital of Ebonyi state.
Recall additionally, that the Late monarch, who doubles because the Chairman of Ezza conventional Rulers Council, was murdered penultimate Monday night time at his palace by unknown assassins.
The applicant, Prince Igboke had prayed the court docket for an Order of Mandamus directing the CP and IGP to right away arrest Prof. Odoh to reply to the allegation of his involvement within the homicide of HRH Ezeogo, Ewa.
However Counsel to Prof. Odoh led by C.Okay. Okorie, challenged the jurisdiction of the court docket to listen to the appliance.
Justice Ngene, after listening to the movement for jurisdiction and the substantive go well with, ordered that the police ought to first do an intensive and unbiased investigation into the criticism and if anyone is discovered culpable of the alleged homicide, such individual ought to be arrested.
The court docket, nevertheless, refused to order for the arrest of Prof. Odoh as prayed by the candidates
Responding to the ruling, one of many counsels to the first defendant, (Odoh); Petrus Elechi, applauded the court docket for not permitting itself for use as instruments for political witch-hunt.
He expressed pleasure that the court docket stood on the trail of the rule of legislation whereby it ordered that the police ought to perform an intensive and unbiased investigation into the matter earlier than transferring for the arrest of anybody discovered culpable.
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