A high court judge, Justice Ogbogo Ejembi of the Otukpo High Court, Benue State, was on Wednesday, 8th August 12, 2012 battered by four okada riders for reasons best known to them. The judge has, however, dragged his attackers to court for criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and serious assault.
Eyewitness account reported that the incident occurred when the judge was on his way to the State High Court Complex. His vehicle was hit at the rear by one of the riders but he chose to ignore the rider. The Okada rider, one Agbo Athanasius, had hit the High Court judge’s vehicle after the traffic warden on duty had stopped the judge and granted him the right of way.
The eye witness narrated that as soon as Justice Ejembi took off towards the high court complex, four cyclists and the traffic warden chased and caught up with him and thoroughly beat him up: “It took the intervention of passersby who apprehended the four cyclists and the traffic warden and handed them over to the police to save the judge.”
The prosecution of the okada riders who include: Zuzuli Emmanuel, Adam Anthony and Barnabas Agbaka, commenced at the weekend at a Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court presided over by Mrs. Theresa Wergba. The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charges. Meanwhile, the prosecuting officer, Inspector James Terzungwe, urged the court for an adjournment pending further investigations into the matter.
Also, Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Daniel Ezeala, has reported that the traffic warden was undergoing orderly room trial.