Court remands Metseaghanrun, four others in prison custody over Ugborodo killings

Five Ugborodo indigenes, including a factional leader, Mr. Jolomi Metseaghanrun, were on Wednesday October 4 remanded in


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Court remands Metseaghanrun, four others in prison custody over Ugborodo killings
Mr. Jolomi Metseaghanrun

Five Ugborodo indigenes, including a factional leader, Mr. Jolomi Metseaghanrun, were on Wednesday October 4 remanded in prison custody by Presiding Magistrate of Court 1 sitting in Warri, Mr. C.I. Atake, over the recent Escravos boat attack in which two persons allegedly died, others kidnapped and tortured at Ode-Ugborodo in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, Fresh Angle International can report.

The four other persons are: Churchill Omadeli, Charles Kpotor, Uwawah Emma and Jeffery Eriomah.

Our Correspondent reports that they were arraigned before the court on a ten-count criminal charge, including murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of dangerous weapons like AK47 assault rifle, axe and cutlasses.

Counsel to the accused persons, R.O. Irikefe had argued that the charges are incompetent and that the Inspector –General of Police can only prosecute cases at the Federal level and urged the prosecuting Police Officer, Mr. Usman Jibril from the Force Headquarters to take his case to the High Court for prosecution.

Ordering the accused to be remanded at the Federal Prison, Warri, C.I. Atake noted that the era of holding accused persons in prison custody endlessly was gone and in-line with the new dispensation gave the prosecution team fourteen days (14) within which to file his case at the High Court.

It would be recalled that speed boats conveying indigenes of Ugborodo town for a meeting under the auspices of Barr. Austin Oborogbeyi led Ugborodo Community Management Committee, UCMC, were attacked by some persons August 22, leading to the death of two persons.

The Presiding Magistrate, C.I. Atake thereafter adjourned the case to October 19, 2017 for further hearing.


Emma Arubi
Warri Freelance Correspondent
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