Three more suspects were yesterday arraigned before a Port Harcourt Magistrate Court in Rivers State, for the October 5 killing of four students of University of Port Harcourt, in Omuokiri–Aluu community.
Yesterday’s arraignment made it a total of 16 persons so far charged to court for the killing of the students; Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Chiadika Biringa, and Tekenah Elkanah.
Finebone Jeffrey, 23; Joshua Ekpe, 27 and 27-year-old Abang Cyril, 27 were brought under a five-count charge of conspiracy to kill the four students. Their pleas were rejected.
In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Woke said his court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the case and therefore adjourned the matter till February 28, 2013.
In the meantime, the Human Rights Council of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Port Harcourt branch, has applied for the case file of the suspects. Speaking to newsmen, Chairman of the branch, Mr Austin Ojeukeudo said the association wants to ensure that there was no miscarriage of justice in the trial, adding that the body would monitor the trial to the end.
“You and others at large on October 5, 2012, at Omuokiri, Aluu community in the Port Harcourt Magisterial District, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: murder and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 324 of the Criminal Code Cap 37 laws of Rivers State, 1999,” the charge sheet read.