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Murder: last witness testifies, denies killing Ezebuilo

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By Phil Okose Onitsha

Paul Anozie, the last of the four defendants arraigned over murder of one Akachukwu Ezebuilo on September 10th 2018 in Onitsha, Anambra state, yesterday, testified at an Onitsha High Court presided over by Justice S.N. Odili.

Three others earlier docked who testified and also denied the killing were, Wilfred Ezike, (a.k.a. Mgbiligba), Chisom Amakaeze and Sunday Emenike.

Testifying Thursday, Paul Anozie told the court that he was still in his Ozubulu country home, for the burial ceremony of his late father on the date the murder was committed and returned to Onitsha on 11th September, (a day after the murder, of late Ezebuilo.

He told the court that, “In August 2018, I went for the burial of my late father at Ozubulu and I was arrested by the police from Central Police Station, Onitsha when I returned on 11th September 2018”.

Asked by the plaintiff’s counsel, G.B. Obi, if he showed the Police anything that proved that he was burying his father, he added that, “police saw me wearing mourning attire”.

Recall that the first defendant, Ezike, had earlier while testifying in his Evidence-in-Chief, denied being at the scene of the incident as at the time the murder was committed.

The duo of Sunday Emenike and Chizom Amakaeze also denied being present at the scene of the incident on the fateful day when counsel to the plaintiff, Barr. G.B. Obi during cross examination put it to them that they were involved in the murder on the day in question.

According to Sunday Emenike, “I was in my village, Ebem Ohafia, Abia state, preparing for the burial ceremony of my late father when police arrested me and took me to Abuja where I made statement”

Asked by the defendants’ counsel, Barr. K.K. Oguejiofor when he heard of the murder of late Ezebuilo, he stated, “I was told of the killing of Ezebuilo on 19th September, 2018”.

Also denying killing Ezebuilo, Chisom Amakaeze said that he was arrested at his duty post in Onitsha North Local Government Area when asked where he was on the time and date of the incident by the plaintiff’s counsel, Barr. G.B. Obi, also during the cross examination.

The presiding judge adjourned the case to September 27th 2021. The late Akachukwu Ezebuilo, was said to have been murdered on 10th September, 2018 in Onitsha.

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