Court frees two remaining suspects in Ozubulu Church killings

 

Court frees two remaining suspects in Ozubulu Church killings

A state high court sitting in Awka has discharged and acquitted the two remaining suspects allegedly involved in the shooting of worshipers at St Philips Catholic Church Ozubulu on 6th August 2017.

In a ruling that lasted for over three and half hours, Justice Fidelis Aniukwu ruled that the prosecution counsel could not prove beyond reasonable doubt the allegations leveled against the two defendants Mr Chinedu Akpunonu and Mr Onyebuchi Mbanefo.

The judge further stated that the prosecution witnesses could not provide any evidence linking the defendants with the murder of  the thirteen worshippers at St Philips Catholic church, Ozobulu as alleged.

The defence counsel, Festus Kayemo, who was represented in court by another counsel, Samuel Echeakputa described the judgement as landmark considering the accelerated hearing granted by the presiding judge.

Reacting to the judgement, one of the defendants, Chinedu Akpunonu whose joy knew no bound, thanked God for vindicating him from what he described as an attempt by some persons to dent his image and reputation.

It would be recalled that four suspects were arraigned before a high court in November 2017 after an unknown gunmen attacked and killed thirteen worshipers at St Philips Catholic church Amakwa, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo local government area.

The judge had in December 2018 discharged two out of the four persons standing trial for lack of evidence by the prosecution counsel to convict them.

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Updated: April 14, 2019 — 2:16 pm

170 Comments

  1. The defence counsel, Festus Kayemo, who was represented in court by another counsel, Samuel Echeakputa described the judgement as landmark considering the accelerated hearing granted by the presiding judge.

  2. Only God can tell if they were really innocent. If they were innocent thanks be to God for delivering them and if they are not karma will still meet with them

  3. Since the judge further stated that the prosecution witnesses could not provide any evidence linking the defendants with the murder of the thirteen worshippers at St Philips Catholic church, Ozobulu as alleged, they should be free

  4. the investivative department in nigeria is so poor, how this guys be taken to court in the first place when there was no real evidence to prosecute.

  5. Nay their soul rest in peace Amen..And give the family the fortitude to bear the loss

  6. Only God can tell if they were really innocent. If they were innocent thanks be to God for delivering them and if they are not karma will still meet with them

  7. Meanwhile, not done, Edet started calling the deceased’s brother to demand for ransom, while he gave out the car to someone to be using for cab business.

  8. Seeing that the game was up Edet Ayiasi, turned himself in at the police station, yesterday, and confessed to the killing.

  9. We contacted her parents. The two other victims who had injuries in the heads and legs had been taken to a hospital for treatment.

  10. The accident occurred around 9:30am while the student was returning from a bank where she had gone to pay her school fees.

  11. Why would they released him?after all the lives that was lost?this is not right at all..they need to be locked up in jail

  12. Since the judge further stated that the prosecution witnesses could not provide any evidence linking the defendants with the murder of the thirteen worshippers at St Philips Catholic church, Ozobulu as alleged, they should be free

  13. Since the judge further stated that the prosecution witnesses could not provide any evidence linking the defendants with the murder of the thirteen worshippers at St Philips Catholic church, Ozobulu as alleged, them should me fee

  14. prosecution witnesses could not provide any evidence linking the defendants with the murder of the thirteen worshippers at St Philips Catholic church, Ozobulu as alleged.

  15. Congratulations to the suspects, If they’re actually innocent. But I’d they’re not, he that killed by gun shall a lii so die by gun.

  16. Na wa o. the perpetrators were not even residents of the village. This we all know so why arrest people from there? i’m glad they’re free at last

  17. judgement is for the lord and i beleive he will surely judge this right, human have play there part but judgement is of the lord.

  18. Thank God for vindicating them and not letting them to be punished for what they no nothing about.

  19. the prosecution counsel could not prove beyond reasonable doubt the allegations leveled against the two defendants so why charge them to court then

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