Absence of Evwerni Monarch, stalls arraignment of suspected killers of Adjogbe

The absence of Ovie of Evwerni Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, HRM Oghenekevwe Kumane


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Absence of Evwerni Monarch, stalls arraignment of suspected killers of Adjogbe
Atiri Stephen and Kelli Omojugheri, at the front of Federal High Court, Warri

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The absence of Ovie of Evwerni Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, HRM Oghenekevwe Kumane, stalled the arraignment of suspects arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of late Sylvester Adjogbe, following the crisis that rocked the community in 2020.

 

Fresh Angle International can report that the Monarch, who is the first defendant and two others - Atiri Stephen and Kelli Omojugheri - were billed to be arraigned at the Federal High Court, Warri, yesterday.

 

The case marked No. FHC/WR/95C/2020 is between the Inspector General of Police and Oghenekevwe Kumane, and 2 other suspects.

 

However, the king failed to show up for the arraignment without any reason.

 

Meanwhile, the police prosecutors led by DSP Irabor, Samuel Mallum and Michael Uye, announced their appearance when the matter was called, Barr. S.B. Olorogun, appeared for the defendants, while Barr. Omas Ogedegbe, appeared for the nominal complainant.

 

The Presiding Judge, Justice Emeka Nwete, held that since the 1st defendant was absent in court without reasons, against the promise he made to the police, the plea cannot be taken, as such the matter was adjourned to March 15, 2021.

 

This Newspaper understands that the police counsel, applied that the 2nd and 3rd defendants be remanded at the Nigeria Correctional Center, Sapele, till March 15, 2021, when the three suspects will be arraigned and a plea will be taken, an application which was granted by the court.

 

The Monarch, HRM Oghenekevwe Kumane, Atiri Stephen and Kelli Omojugheri, were arraigned on two-count charge.

 

The police charge sheet, reads: “That You Oghenekevwe Kumane, Atiri Stephen, Kelli Omojugheri, on or about the 1/07/2020 at about 1400 hours in Evwerni Community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, while chanting war songs, armed with guns and other dangerous weapons, and firing sporadically, with the intent to intimidate and terrorize the entire Evwerni Community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, which act led to the killing of Late Sylvester Adjogbe and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 and 4 of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 and punishable under Section 4(2) of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011.

 

“That you Oghenekevwe Kumane, Atiri Stephen and Kelli Omojugheri on or about the 1400 hours in Evwerni Community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, provided support, assistance and facilities to the Armed gang of Oghenekevwe Kumane led by one Tuesday Okwah to terrorize Evwerni Community and threatened residents of Evwerni Community and thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 1 of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 and Punishable under Section 33(a) of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011."

 

Recall that late Sylvester Adjogbe, a 34-year-old younger brother of former Executive Director, Projects of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Engr. Sam Adjogbe, was killed at their family compound in Evwreni Community, on July 1, 2020, following the crisis that engulfed the community as a result of criminal activities of vigilante group allegedly supported by the Monarch. 

 

As at the time of this report, the two other suspects arrested for their alleged involvement in the killing of late Sylvester Adjogbe, had been remanded at Nigeria Correctional Center, Sapele, Delta State.



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