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