Storyboard the Presiding Judge, His lordship Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele struck out the Motion by the defendants and asked them to enter into the dock to commence hearing.
Edo State criminal court 4 setting in Benin city headed by Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele has commenced the hearing of the alleged murder case against the Iyasere of Warri, Chief Johnson Atseleghe, and 7 others at Criminal Court 4, in Aiguobasimwin close GRA.
The eight accused persons in connection with the Murder of the Okhaigele of Kolokolo Community, in Ologbo Dukedom, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, Edo State, Nigeria, Mr. Sunny Etchie on Wednesday took turns to take their Pleas at the dock following the rejection of their motion to stall proceedings or outright dismissal of the case.
Eight accused Persons Iyatsere of Warri, Chief Johnson Atseleghe , Oluwa Esimijie, 38, Ayokotse Robinson – 54, Mofe Samuel – 40, Felicia Otikpere, female – 55 and Ayuwa Mofe – 65, Others are Nosa Omoregie – 54 and Benjamin Erewa – 39, the accused Persons took their Pleas, Lead Counsel, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Ighedosa Imadegbelo , leading, other lawyers, had argued a motion where he prayed the Court to discountenance the entire hearing and dismiss the charges pending when the investigation of the case by the office of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Adamu Mohammed which has taken over the case is completed.
The State Counsel, Ewemade E Osasu in her Counter Motion asked the Court to sustain the hearing in the case as the laws of Nigeria do not permit the Police to ascertain whether Statements are obtained under duress or not but the Courts. In his ruling, the Presiding Judge, His lordship Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele struck out the Motion by the defendants and asked them to enter into the dock to take their Pleas. when the charges which bothered on 4 count charge of willful damage of Property, conspiracy, kidnapping, and murder of Sunny Etchie, the Okhaigele of Kolokolo community the Accused all pleaded not guilty.
On his part, Mathew Edeghese told newsmen that the case has been adjourned to 27 of January 2021 by His Lordship Honorable Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele.