Saturday, 18 July 2015

Nigeria's Court Remands Catholic Priest in Prison Over Alleged Conspiracy to Kill students






News48hrs.com reports that Magistrate Court sitting in Enugu North has remanded Rev. Fr. Isaac Jinga, Dean of Students Affairs, Madonna University, Enugu Campus, and the University’s Chief Security Officer, Ogbonna Okey in prison custody for alleged felony and conspiracy to kill two students under their care.

The Chief Security Officer and the Catholic Priest were arraigned on by the Enugu police command on two counts, with charge number MEN/87c/2015.
The charges read: [post_ad] “That you, Rev. Fr. Isaac Jinga ‘M’, Ogbonna Okey ‘M’ and others at large on 3/2/2015 at Madonna University, Akpugo Campus, Nkanu West Magisterial District holden at Enugu did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: causing grievous bodily harm and thereby committed an offence, punishable under Sec. 495(a) of the Criminal Code, Cap 30, Vol. II, Laws of Enugu state, 2004.
“That you, Rev. Fr. Isaac Jinga, Ogbonna Okey and others at large on the same date and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did with intent to maim, disfigure or disable cause grievous bodily harm to one Stanley Ifeanyi Okeye, by hitting him with iron rod at his neck and all over the body which caused injury him in spinal cord and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 288(a) of the Criminal Code, Cap 30, Vol. II of the laws of Enugu state 2004”
When the charges were read to the accused persons, they pleaded not guilty.
The Presiding Magistrate, Nkemjika Anibueze asked the counsel to the accused persons and the prosecutor to address the court on whether it has the jurisdiction to look at the charge.
After both the counsel to the accused persons and the prosecutor had addressed the court, the Magistrate ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case till 21st July, 2015 for ruling on jurisdiction.

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