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Apo 6: Trial of policemen suffers another adjournment

19 March 2014, 18:12

Abuja - The trial of six policemen at the FCT High Court over the alleged killing of six Abuja auto-spare parts dealers in 2005 suffered another adjournment on Wednesday.

The adjournment was due to the absence of the presiding judge, Justice Ishaq Bello.

The accused policemen are DCP Danjuma Ibrahim, ASP Othman Abdulsalami (at large); Constables Nicholas Zacharia, Emmanuel Baba, Emmanuel Acheneje and Sadiq Salami.

The office of the Attorney-General of the Federation is accusing the policemen of killing Ifeanyi Ozo, Chinedu Meniru, Isaac Ekene, Paulinus Ogbonna, Anthony Nwokike and Tina Arebun.

The deceased, aged between 21 years and 25 years, were returning from a night party in 2005 when they were allegedly killed by the policemen.

It would be recalled that the APO-six trial had suffered several adjournments due to absence of the trial judge.

The case was adjourned for continuation of hearing but could not proceed as scheduled because the judge, who was said to be on a national assignment, gave his consent for an adjournment.

At the resumed sitting, the prosecution counsel, Chris Uche (SAN), and counsel to the first accused, Rickey Tarfa (SAN), were told that Justice Bello, "is still away on his national assignment’’.

Bello was recently appointed the Chairman of the Anambra Election Petitions Tribunal.

The June 4 was given as the new date for continuation of hearing.

On July 8, 2013, Justice Bello granted a request by the prosecution to recall a witness, Ede Ayuba, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, a plea Tarfa objected to.

Tarfa had challenged the recall of Ayuba, who tendered guns and other weapons allegedly recovered in connection with the incident, because it contradicted Section 237 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

But the prosecuting counsel, Uche, urged the court to overrule the objection because the witness only came to give his evidence and tendered supporting exhibits.

In his ruling, Justice Bello held that the recall of the witness was in line with the relevant sections of the law and, therefore, dismissed the defence counsel’s objection.

Earlier, the judge had admitted certified copies of medical report of the examination conducted on the deceased.


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