4 December 2020 By Victoria Abah
Seven persons alleged to have been involved in the 2017 killing of indigenes of Idumuje-Ugboko Community of Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, have challenged the decision of the Federal Government to prosecute them in Abuja.
The Defendants had on November 2, pleaded not guilty to the amended three-count charge the FG entered against them, even as the trial Judge, Okon Abang fixed the matter for hearing.
However, at the resumed proceedings, the defence lawyers, notified the court that they had filed an application for the case-file to be transferred to Asaba, Delta State.
On his part, the Prosecution counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, sought an adjournment to enable him to respond to the transfer request dated December 1.
Consequently, Justice Abang deferred hearing of the Defendants’ application till Friday.
“The commencement of trial in this matter will depend on the outcome of the application”, Justice Abang held.
The FG had earlier prayed the court for an accelerated hearing of the case since it was terrorism related.
It equally informed the court that a total of 14 witnesses would be called to give evidence in the matter.
The FG, in the charge filed by the office of Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, alleged that the Defendants- Nwochie Light, Aikhomo Omezi, Okey Ifejoku, Godwin Aniemeke, Nonso Omefe, Dennis Nwoko and Emeka Bidoku, had in May 2017, unleashed terror on the community by burning houses which led to the death of one Cyprian Kumaorun.