Court adjourns murder case against Austin Olokor in Benin
By Nosa Akenzua, Benin
A Benin High Court 4 in Benin City, Edo state, on Wednesday, adjourned the criminal case against Austin Olokor in the alleged conspiracy, kidnapping and murder of one Okhuoimose Omorodion, Genesis Orji who were killed during the internal rancour in Ologbo Community in Ikpoba Okha local government area of Edo state.
The adjournment of the case was based on information by the state prosecution counsel that two additional suspects have been arrested by the police awaiting former arraignment and advice by the district police prosecutor (DPP).
The two arrested suspects were Isaiah Akpani and Sunday Bokiti Amama as they were arrested a year after in hiding and remanded in prison custody. But the state counsel informed the court that the first suspect, Austin Olokor, was in court and information at the disposal of the DPP showed that additional two suspects had been arrested and it will be proper to arraign all the suspects since the matter in contention concerned the suspects. Counsel to the first accused person, Austin Olokor, Barr Samuel Nweke, agreed with the position of the state counsel, Barr Osagie Obanor, while the presiding judge, Justice Mary Itsuilli adjourned the matter to May 26, 2021 as counsel to nominal complainant, Barr Matthew Edeghase speaks on the day’s proceedings.
Speaking to journalists, counsel to the late Sunny Etchie Family, Barr Mathew Edeghase, said that they had been adjourned at the instance of the state counsel, adding that “the state counsel informed the court that two of the suspects had been arrested and that they were currently tidying up things, so they could consolidate all the charges against the suspects as they could not be tried separately.”
Meanwhile, the Edo state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has assured that the state government will continue to obey and respect the relevant sections of the 1999 constitution on judicial autonomy, adding that the autonomy and independence of the three arms of government was best for Nigeria’s democratic system.
Obaseki who spoke to journalists said that the issue of autonomy and independence should not be in question or doubts.”