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Court frees suspects over attempted murder of Akunyili

04 January 2016, 16:03

Abuja - An Abuja High Court, has acquitted and discharged six persons accused of conspiracy and attempted murder of the late Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Dr Dora Akunyili, Vanguard reports.

In his ruling, presiding judge Justice I.U Bello held that on the charge of conspiracy for instance, the prosecution could not have been successful in the face of exhibit 18(n), a manifest from MTN tendered before the court by the prosecution itself and indeed exhibit 20 equally a similar manifest tendered by the defence, both intended to establish any possible transaction or controvert any such transaction as stated by PW3 between him and 2nd accused through phone conversation.

Also read: Dora Akunyili died of uterine cancer - Family

The judge also held that the prosecution was not able to pin the accused persons with the degree of certainty at the scene of the crime and obviously the commission of the crime at the scene.

The suspects, Francis Okoye, Emmanuel Nnakwe, Marcel Nnakwe, Emeka Orjiakora, Christopher Mbah, and Olisaemeka Igbokwe who were initially eight in number were charged with a four- count charge of conspiracy, attempted murder and murder brought against them by the state.

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