If the suspects are found guilty, the law will take its course
A Benin high court presided over a case involving two officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on October 30, 2019, for allegedly killing a 38 year-old man named Samuel Odion.
Identified as Francis Igboh (35 years) and Onotu Joseph (32 years), the suspects were dragged to court on a two count charge of murder and conspiracy. According to reports, they allegedly murdered the deceased on October 14, 2019 around Owa Hill located along the popular Benin-Asaba road in Edo State.
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As contained in the charge sheet presented in court, the suspects conspired to kill the late Samuel Odion at 12.00hrs on the aforementioned day.
Addressing the Press at the court premises, Peter Ugwumba, State Counsel, stated that arraigning the suspects in court was necessary for the law to take its course, and for justice to be served.
Findings by Naijauto revealed that the incident occurred while the deceased was traveling in a hired Audi 80. He was being driven by an unidentified driver when the FRSC officials stopped them on the highway. The suspects allegedly tried to extort the driver of the car, but the deceased stood up to them. In the process of a heated argument, the driver escaped. Livid by the driver’s disappearance, the suspects chased the deceased to a bush close by and beat him until he died. They abandoned his body, and left in their vehicle.
Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele, Presiding Judge at the hearing, directed that both suspects be kept in prison, pending the next hearing scheduled for November 12, 2019.
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