A Magistrate’s Court sitting in Issele-Uku, Aniocha north local government area of Delta State, today, 29th July, 2020, ordered the remand of Obi Chukwunonso Justin Nwoko in police custody over alleged murder, pending the determination of the case at the next Court sitting.
The Delta State Police Command (Homicide Section) had charged Obi Chukwunonso Nwoko to court after concluding their investigations on his involvement in the alleged murder and unlawful disposal of the body of a motor cycle rider, Cyprian Kumaoro, at Idumuje – Ugboko, during the 2017 intra-communal violence allegedly instigated by the suspect.
Obi Chukwunonso Nwoko was charged alongside Chetachukwu Okolo, Onyeisi Isuzor, Ifejoku Okey, Prince Ejimofor Nwoko and Prince Obiajulu Richard Nwoko for murder and criminal conspiracy.
Recall that Obi Chukwunonso Nwoko was arrested by a team of police men on July 17, 2020 and released on self recognition on July 18, 2020.
He was later invited for further questioning over the murder of Cyprian Kumaoro following confessions of two suspects earlier arrested and charged on the same matter.
The Commissioner of Police, Delta State Police Command, CP Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa, had in his briefing to the press, stated that nobody was above the law and anyone who had committed a crime as serious as murder would face justice.
However, the Magistrate in his ruling ordered that Obi Chukwunonso Nwoko and others be remanded at the Police Command’s detention facility as the Prisons were not holding inmates due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The commencement of court trial of Obi Chukwunonso Nwoko and other accomplices, marked the end of a rigorous investigation into the celebrated case of murder at Idumuje-Ugboko kingdom in 2017.