By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”THE President General of Irri Federal Union, Isoko South Local Government Area, Delta State, Chief Joshua Uturu and five others were yesterday remanded in Federal prisons, Kwale, by the High Court of Justice sitting at Oleh for their alleged involvement in murder- related charges.
The accused persons were charged on eight-count charge ranging from conspiracy to murder, murder, attempt to commit murder, arson and illegal possession of firearms.
Others arraigned with Chief Joshua Uturu were Sunday Aboki, Cino Ogowomamo, Power Eso, Oghenero Akpobome, Sunday Okoro and Aper Itesah, while six other accused persons, including Simon Otor, Omas Udawo Akadho, Ogbugbu Oke, Ocrous Okrota and Stephen Otor were not in court.
Remanding the accused persons in the federal prisons, Kwale, the presiding Judge, Justice Marshall Mukoro, said there was no formal bail application before the court and, therefore, ordered that the accused persons be kept in the prison until the next adjourned date slated for 1June 2010.
Earlier, government lead counsel and Acting Assistant Director, Delta State Ministry of Justice, Mrs Patricia Akamaguna, urged the court to remand the accused persons pending when the other six accused persons were apprehended and brought before the court, arguing that it was a joint trial.
Noting that there where about of the other six accused persons was unknown, she, however, expressed hope that the law enforcement agencies would apprehend them before the next adjourned date.
On his part, lead counsel to the accused persons, Mr. Fred Olokor, enjoined the court to grant the accused persons bail, since some of them had been granted bail by the High Court sitting at Issele-Uku.
The accused persons are being prosecuted for their alleged role in the murder of Eferere Ogomudia, Okiemute Okogba and Clement Oghighe and attempted murder ofÂ George Ogbuwa, among other offences.