S/Court or­ders trial of Mbah over at­tempted mur­der of Akun­y­ili

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

The Supreme Court on Fri­day or­dered a busi­ness­man; Christo­pher Ok­wara Mbah a.k.a Per­sus to face trial af­ter he was charged with at­tempted mur­der of for­mer min­is­ter of in­for­ma­tion Prof Dora Akun­y­ili when she was Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Na­tional Agency for Food and Drugs Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The Supreme Court in a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion dis­missed Christo­pher Ok­wara Mbah’s ap­peal seek­ing to quash the charges against him for lack­ing in merit.

In the lead judg­ment, Jus­tice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed or­dered him to re­turn to court to be tried over the al­leged at­tempt on Akun­y­ili’s life and the mur­der of an­other per­son.

Other mem­bers on the panel are Jus­tices Muham­mad Muntaka Coomassie, Sylvester Ng­wuta, Olukay­ode Ari­wola and Clara Bata Ogun­biyi.

Mbah was ar­raigned with six oth­ers be­fore an Abuja High Court in 2004 on a four­count charge of con­spir­acy, at­tempted mur­der and mur­der.

At the con­clu­sion of the prose­cu­tion’s case, he made a no-case sub­mis­sion and urged the court to quash counts three and four of the charge.

He queried the ju­ris­dic­tion of the court to hear the two counts and the pow­ers of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion (AGF) to is­sue fiat to the cham­bers of Afe Ba­balola SAN and Co to pros­e­cute the charge on the ground that the al­leged of­fences of at­tempted mur­der and mur­der took place in Agulu, Anam­bra State, where shots were fired at Akun­y­ili’s ve­hi­cle and a man iden­ti­fied as Emeke Onuekutu killed.

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