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Court acquits remaining Ozubulu killer suspects for lack of evidence

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Delta North: Court refuses to stay execution of judgment against Nwaoboshi

Two remaining suspects, standing trial for alleged
involvement in the shooting of worshipers at St. Philips
Catholic Church, Ozubulu on August 6, 2017 have been
discharged and acquitted.
In a ruling that lasted for over three hours, Justice
Fidelis Aniukwu of High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra
state capital ruled that the prosecution counsel could not

prove beyond reasonable doubt the allegations leveled
against the two defendants, Mr. Chinedu Akpunonu and
Mr. Onyebuchi Mbanefo.
Four suspects were initially arraigned before a High
Court in November 2017 after unknown gunmen
attacked and killed 13 worshipers at St Philips Catholic
Church, Amakwa, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo local
government area, Anambra state.  
The judge had in December 2018 discharged two out of
the four persons standing trial for lack of evidence by the
prosecution counsel to convict them.
Justice Aniukwu in his ruling said the prosecution
witnesses could not provide any evidence linking the
defendants with the murder as alleged.
The defence counsel, Mr. Festus Kayemo SAN, who
was represented in Court by another counsel, Mr.
Samuel Echeakputa described the judgement as
landmark considering the accelerated hearing granted
by the presiding judge.
Reacting to the judgement, one of the defendants, Mr.
Chinedu Akpunonu, whose joy knew no bound, thanked
God for vindicating him from what he described as an
attempt by some persons to dent his image and
reputation.
Meanwhile the prosecution counsel, Mr. Jay Jay
Ezeuko, SAN said he would determine the next step
when they get a copy of the judgement.

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