Court re­mands church mem­bers in prison over mur­der

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

A Chief Mag­is­trate Court in Benin has re­manded five church mem­bers in prison cus­tody over the al­leged mur­der of an­other mem­ber.

The ac­cused per­sons - God­win Ukrak­por, 70; Uche Esegine, 22; Taiwo Omogoroye, 42; Austin Osaikhuwuomwan, 39; and Me­shak Owuh, 28 - face a two-count charge pun­ish­able un­der sec­tions 316 and 325 of the crim­i­nal code.

They were al­leged to have com­mit­ted the of­fence on July 1, at Sapele Road, Benin, while re­turn­ing from the Re­deemed Chris­tian Church of God’s all night pro­grammes.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, the ac­cused per­sons al­legedly acted in a man­ner that neg­li­gently caused the death of 19-year-old Lucky Chuk­wuka who is a mem­ber of the church’s Em­bassy Parish, Ug­bowo, Benin city.

The ac­cused per­sons could not take their plea when the charges were read to them due to lack of ju­ris­dic­tion.

The pre­sid­ing Chief Mag­is­trate, Frank Idi­ake, how­ever, re­manded them in prison cus­tody and re­ferred their case to the State Direc­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion (DPP) for le­gal ad­vice.

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