A group of three friendly teenagers, natives of Amasiri community in Afikpo North Local Government Area have allegedly murdered one of their bosom friends, one Kelechi Isaac, while testing out the efficacy of the bullet proof charm (odaeshi) they recently acquired.
Citizens Advocate gathered that the friends were worried about disturbances of herders to farmers in the nation and residents of Afikpo in particular and planned to tackle the menace with the aid of the charm.
We learnt that the deceased on 5th February 2020 told the suspects Richard Oko Okpu and Ginikachi Idam that he had a charm that will assist them to achieve their aim, which he had taken and asked them to assist him to test its efficacy with the aid of hunters’ gun.
Consequently, on the 17th day of February they were arraigned before a Chief Magistrate court presided over by His Worship Chinedu Agama in two count charges for unlawfully shooting the deceased with a gun and murder.
The Police prosecutor, Edet Effiong said the offences are punishable under sections 319(1) and 324 both of criminal code cap 33 volume 1 laws of Ebonyi state of Nigeria, 2009.
The defence counsel Nwokposi P.C. applied for bail of his clients with an assurance that they have reliable sureties who will guarantee their presence any time necessary.
Considering that the matter is beyond the jurisdiction of a magistrate court, the trial Magistrate ordered remand of the suspects in Nigeria Correctional Service custodial centre Abakaliki and directed that all documents and evidences in the matter be transferred to Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for further prosecutions.
The matter was adjourned to the 3rd day of March 2020 for report of compliance and further prosecutions at the high court.
The charge reads in part: “That you Richard Oko Okpu 20 years and Ginikachi Idam 18 years on the 5th day of February 2020 at Amasiri Afikpo North under the jurisdiction of this honorable court did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit murder and thereby committed offence punishable under section 324 of the criminal code cap 33volume 1 laws of Ebonyi state of Nigeria, 2009.
“That you Richard Oko Okpu 20 years and Ginikachi Idam 18 years on the same date and place, in the afore mentioned magisterial district did unlawfully cause the death of one Kelechi Isaac, male, by shooting him with a gun and thereby committed offence punishable under section 319 (1)of criminal code cap 33 volume 1 laws of Ebonyi state of Nigeria, 2009,”