A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt has remanded four men in the Port Harcourt Maximum Prison custody for allegedly murdering late Garrick Jonathan Oyaghiri, personnel of the State Security Services, SSS, in March this year.
The four accused, Osah Ebube Chinneme (Kingdom), Elem Innocent Aleze, Nwabehia Onyeocha Prince and Ferdenand Obi Akpe, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate, Sir Sokari Andrew-Jaja by the Director of State Security Service, DSS on a two-count charge under the Criminal Code Law of Rivers State, 1999.
According to the charge, with number; PMC/867c/16, the accused persons were said to have murdered the SSS personnel at Obagi community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of the state on March 18, this year.
In his ruling, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Sir Sokari Andrew-Jaja, said the charge of murder was a capital offence and punishable by death. He further stated that under section 108(1) of the Criminal Procedure Act, only a high court judge can grant a person accused of murder bail.
He, therefore, directed the DSS to send the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution for advice and onward transfer of the matter to a high court. He ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody pending the DPP advice and adjourned the matter to July 24 this year for mention.
Meanwhile, Justice Mohammed Lima of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, yesterday, granted an application brought before it by the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its candidate in the March 19 rerun legislative election for Degema Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, seeking to be joined in the suit filed by Hon. Doctor Farah Dagogo of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and four others.
In his ruling at the resumed hearing of the matter, the learned trial judge submitted that though the APC and its candidate had already filed its case before the Election Petition Tribunal, they have proved their case beyond reasonable doubt on why they should be joined as necessary parties’ suit and granted the two applications.
He then adjourned the matter to May 26, for hearing on the substantive application.


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