No way for media as suspected killers of Delta monarch stand trial

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By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba

A state high court sitting in Ibusa, near Asaba, Delta State, on Tuesday, continued with the case of kidnapping and murder of late Obi of Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state, Obi Akaeze Ofolue III.

The king was kidnapped and murdered in 2016 and four accused persons are currently standing trial in the court over their alleged involvement in  the matter.

Journalists who came to cover the court proceedings on Tuesday, were however, barred from doing so.

The four accused persons standing trial for the murder are Jamilo Ahmed, Suleman Musa, Umoru Muhammed and one Garba.

The late monarch was kidnapped in early January, 2016 on his way to Asaba by heavily armed men who led him into the bush where his decomposing  body was found two weeks later.

However, shortly before the resumed hearing  of the case with consolidated  suit number A/20C2017 and A/198/2017,  a staff of the court announced that journalists of any sort should go out of the court room and out of hearing.

The staff who claimed to be acting on the orders of the sitting judge, said journalists interested in covering the case  should obtain written permission from the state Chief Judge in Asaba, the state capital. 

An insider who was present in the court later disclosed that the proceedings were stalled due to absence of defense counsel in the matter.

The case was however adjourned to April 28, 2021  for further hearing.