The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Nigeria Police Force Headquarter, Abuja, last weekend, charged one Ikechukwu Sam (aka Chocho) to a Chief Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt, over the 2011 murder of a youth leader, Hon. Tex Nelson.
Nelson was gruesomely killed in Akabuka Omoku in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area in March, 2011.
Prior to Ikechukwu’s arraignment, two other persons had been charged and remanded by the court in connection with the killing. Ikechukwu faces a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder. But his charges were not read out to him because the court declined jurisdiction on the matter.
The trial magistrate, Mr. E. C. Woke, therefore, directed the police prosecutor to duplicate and hand over the case file to the registrar of the court, who should forward same to the judiciary registrar for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), for legal advice.
Mr. Woke ordered for his remand but reminded him of his fundamental right to seek bail at a High Court, pending the Outcome of the DPP’s advice.
Court document obtained by our reporter indicated that the accused person on the 19th of March 2011, in the company of others now at large, conspired amongst themselves to commit felony to wit murder.
The suspect was also alleged to have participated in inflicting the machete and axe cuts on their victim, which led to his death.
Hon. Nelson was the chairman, Oil and Gas producing families, Akabuka, in the LGA.
The case was adjourned to October 18 for mention.
Nation Evening Express had earlier reported that Force Headquarter Abuja took over the matter following a petition from the deceased family members that the Rivers State Police command was not doing anything to investigate the killing of their relation and impressed on them to intervene in the matter.