‘5 Policemen involved in murder must be brought to court for prosecution’

Sequel to the alleged murder of late Chief Ogbe Onokpite, a High Court sitting in Warri has ordered the Delta State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to make available the five policemen that were involved in the incident before the court.

The Attorney-General of Delta State was dragged to the court by applicant, Mr. Diemo D. Onokpite, for his failure to make available available the five policemen that were indicted for murdering Chief Ogbe and the court ordered the Attorney-General to bring the five policemen to the court on June 29, 2020 for prosecution.

The court explained that the decision was taken due to the investigation that was conducted by the Deputy Inspector General of Police ‘D’ Department (FCID) Abuja, which shows the involvement of the police officers in the incident.

“And consequent upon the legal advice dated the 14th of March 2013 by CP Bayo Ajileye, Commissioner of Police, Legal/Prosecution Section, ‘D’ Department (FCID), Abuja that the investigation into the allegations of extra-judicial execution of late Chief Ogbe Onokpite revealed that the prima face case of conspiracy and murder could be established against the five police officers who took one action or the other which resulted in the torture and extra-judicial killing of late Ogbe Onokpite on November 26th, 2011 in Warri, Delta state,” it stated.

The lead counsel to the applicant, Odiana Eriata Esq., who spoke with journalists after the judgement, disclosed that the court was approached because the accused were still walking free despite their involvement in the incident.

He explained further that despite the report that was sent to the Ministry of Justice in Delta state following the indictment of the police officers, the DPP also profiled an opinion to that effect against the indicted officers, but the government failed to arraign the officers to court.

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