By Esther Nworie
Ebonyi State Police command, Monday, 15 June, 2020 arraigned a 48 year old man Shadrach Nwibo, and his wife, Olamma Mary Nwibo, 28 years, the couple who allegedly killed late Sam Aleke, younger brother to Ebonyi lawmaker representing Ebonyi North West Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Aleke.
According charge sheet No.MAB 283c/2020, suspect committed the offence at Ndiechi village, in Onuebonyi community, in the Izzi Local Government Area of the state, on May 20, 2020.
They were arraigned before the Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Abakaliki, on one count of murder, on Monday.
Police Prosecutor, ASP Mathias Eze, told the court that the offence was punishable under section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
The charge read, “That you Shadrach Nwibo ‘M’ and Olamma Mary Nwibo ‘F’ on the 23rd of May, 2020, at Ndiechi Onuebonyi Izzi in the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did murder one Samuel Aleke ‘M’ aged 43 years and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”
The deceased Samuel Aleke, a classroom teacher at girls high school Azuiyiokwu and the only brother of the lawmaker, was killed and dumped after road safety check point along Nkwegu army barracks, Abakaliki.
The couple were arraigned before a Magistrate Court, sitting in Abakaliki, the state capital.
There have been different stories about his death.
The first account from a source close to the family alleged that the late Aleke was having extramarital affairs with, Olamma who is nursing 7 months old baby and that Nwibo, Olamma’s husband, allegedly met the deceased on his matrimonial bed with his wife on May 23, 2020 and a fight ensued between him and the deceased.
It was alleged that Aleke, the father of 3 hit his head on the floor and died instantly.
The second account has it that Mr. Nwibo who is in the same club with the late Aleke had warned the deceased to stay away from his wife after accusing him of being in a relationship with her and Aleke refused.
This particular account revealed that on that 23rd May when the incident occurred, Aleke went to the suspects house in the night on invitation for a discussion and he took the coke presented to him by Nwibo and one of his friends that was also in the house and he became very weak and could not run for his life.
It was alleged that when Aleke became very weak and unconscious and it was late in the night, Nwibo and his friend who is now at large allegedly used kitchen mortar and broke his head and carried him inside his vehicle boot and dumped the car at Nkwagu, along Abakaliki Afikpo road.
“Aleke’s family started looking for him and went to the police and lodged complaint that they have not seen him after stepping out of the house on that Saturday evening and police swung into action, during investigation, they saw his corpse in the boot of his car where it was parked on Sunday. It was at that point that the police intensified their investigation and discovered that Nwibo and his wife were responsible for the act and arrested them”, a source who is very close to the family said.
The body of the deceased however was recovered and deposited in the mortuary.
Although source disclosed that autopsy has been conducted, but we could not access the autopsy report as at the time of filing this report.
The Defense Counsel, C.N. Ugadu, appealed to the court to admit his clients to bail.
But the Prosecuting Counsel, led by ASP Eze, opposed the application on the grounds that the suspects committed a capital offence, which according to him, was not bailable.
In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Nnenna Onuoha, said the court lacked the power to adjudicate on the matter.
Onuoha ordered that the suspects should be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki, while their case file, be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecution for necessary legal action.