Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Court Remands Ortom’s Aide Joseph Ikyagba For Culpable Homicide

A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Makurdi on Monday remanded in prison the Special Adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom on Special Duties, Mr. Joseph Ikyagba, for culpable homicide, an offence punishable by death.

The special adviser was arrested last Friday in connection with the alleged killing of a Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Security Matters, Denen Igbana, a few weeks ago.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Daniel Swende, said that after police investigation, the special adviser was arrested for allegedly committing the offence, which was against sections 97 and 222 of the Penal Code and Law of Benue State 2004.

The First Information Report by the police said that the Chairman, Tionsha village vigilant group, Ephraim Tyover, had reported at the ‘D’ Division police station in Makurdi that his neighbour, Igbana, was trailed to his house by unknown gunmen, who rained bullets on him.

Igbana, according to the FIR, was in a Toyota Hilux with number plate SEL 230 AA when the gunmen who were on a motorcycle pumped bullets into him.

The FIR said that the gunmen trailed the deceased to a neighbour’s compound, where he declared that Ikyagba should be held responsible if he died.

The report said that Ikyagba was rushed to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, where he later died.

However when the case was mentioned, no plea was taken because the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the court while the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Theresa Wergba, refused the accused person bail.

The Chief Magistrate, however, remanded him in prison custody pending the determination of the matter while the case was adjourned to August, 03, 2016.

Reacting to the development, the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and ICT, Mr. Tarhav Agezua, said the governor had resolved not to interfere on the matter no matter who was involved.


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