The presiding magistrate of a Chief Magistrate’s Court un Rivers State, Sokari Andrew-Jaja, has adjourned till September 28 for adoption of written addresses on a case involving an ex-police sergeant, Johnbosco Okoroeze, who allegedly aided a ritual murder suspect Ifeanyichukwu Dike to escape from police custody.
Dike a 200-Level student of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), allegedly drugged, raped, murdered and dismembered the body of 8- year old Chikamso Victory Mezuoba in Port Harcourt, last month.
The suspect was arrested and handed over to the men of State Criminal Investigation and Interrogation Department (SCIID), for further action. But Dike escaped from the premises of the police.
The Investigative Police Officer (IPO) in charge of the case, Okoroeze was held responsible for the escape. The State Commissioner of Police (CP), Zaki Ahmed said he was negligent to his duties. He was earlier subjected to an Orderly Room Trial and was found culpable in Dike’s escape.
Okoroeze was subsequently dismissed from the Force and arraigned in court on a two count charge of conspiracy to aiding and abetting escape of a murder suspect, to perverse justice.
The charge against him was not read out to him, he was not also allowed to take plea. The presiding magistrate declined jurisdiction, he said he lacks the powers to hear the charge on count two, whereas count one charge is within his purview.
He ordered that the case file be forwarded to the office of the state Director of Public Prosecution for advice.
He however urged the defence counsel and the prosecution to file written addresses on and against the bail of the accused, and adjourned the matter for adoption of written addresses and report of DPP’s advise, as he ordered that the ex-Police officer be remanded in Prison custody.
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