CHIEF Magistrate Court sitting
in Port Harcourt, the Rivers
State capital, has remanded in
prison custody, Ifeanyichukwu
Maxwell Dike, for allegedly
killing his eight-year old niece,
Chikamso Victory Mezuwuba.
The accused had escaped
from the custody of the
State Criminal Investigation
Department, SCIID, but was
rearrested in a community in
Barkin Ladi local Government
Area of Plateau State and
brought back to the state where
he was paraded again by the
Commissioner of Police, Zaki
Ahmed.
Ifeanyichukwu Dike,
an undergraduate of the
University of Port Harcourt,
was arraigned in court
yesterday by the commissioner
of police on a one-count charge
bordering in murder in suit
number PMC/ 1897c/ 2017.
The charge read: “That you
Ifeanyichukwu Maxwell Dike
‘m’ on the 18th day of August,
2017 at No. 8 Messiah Close
Eliozu, Port Harcourt in the
Port Harcourt Magisterial
District did kill one Chikamso
Mezuwuba ‘f’’ aged eight, by
administering a stupefying
substance on her in order to
obtain her sensory organs which
include: tongue, ear, eyes, nipple,
clitoris, nose, fingers with the use
of knife and thereby committed
an offence punishable under
Section 319 (1) of the Criminal
Code, Cap 37, Vol. II, Laws of
Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.”
The charge was not read to
the accused and plea was not
taken when the matter came up
in court, due to the nature of the
charge.
In his reaction, the Presiding
Magistrate, A. O. Amadi-Nna
(Esq.), declined jurisdiction to
entertain the matter and ordered
that the case file be remitted to
the Director of Public Prosecution
for legal advice and adjourned
the matter to sine die.
Meanwhile, Counsel to the
accused, Mr. Lezina Amegua,
who spoke with newsmen
outside the courtroom, said he
got involved in the matter for
the sake of justice. He expressed
confidence in the judiciary,
stressing that justice must be
dispensed in the matter.
Also, the prosecution counsel,
Enoch George, a Superintendent
of Police attached to the State
Investigation Bureau of the
Rivers State Police command,
stated that every necessary legal
step will be taken to ensure
justice for the victim.

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