Release of murder suspect triggers protest in Omuma

Tina Stephen

Youths in Omuma Local Government Area of Rivers State have staged a protest in the communities over allegedly granting of bail to a murder suspect without legal process.

Our correspondent reports that the protests were staged to demand for Justice over one UCHE IREGBU who was arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt for alleged murder of OBIOMA-MELODY SUNDAY.

UCHE IREGBU was alleged to have inflicted machete cuts on OBIOMA-MELODY SUNDAY who passed away two days after the attack in Umuebie, Eberi Community in Omuma Local Government Area of Rivers State.

When the case was mentioned in court on the 4th of April, Chief Magistrate ANDREW JAJA declined jurisdiction on the matter without allowing the charge to be read.

He then ordered that the case file be transmitted to department of police Prosecution before it was adjourned till 16Th of April for advise only for the suspect to be granted bail on Monday.

On sighting the prime suspect in the community, some aggrieved youths took to the streets to demand for justice from Nigeria Judicial Council, Economical Financial Crime Commission and ICPC.

Some of the protesters who spoke to our correspondent on telephone from the scene of the protest expressed fears that their lives have been threatened with the release of the murder suspect.

The youths who were led by the members of the bereaved family including VINCENT NWUKE, called on the relevant authorities and agencies to intervene and bring to book all those trying to subvert justice.

Counsel to the bereaved family, COLLINS DIKE, in an interview with our correspondent, complained that no hearing notice was served to the complainants.

DIKE further told our correspondent that he has commenced processes geared towards informing Nigerian Judicial Council on the development and expressed hope that justice will prevail in the matter.